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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can a teacher gain respect from children?

Answer: Usually, educators gain credibility in cases where they show the children that they can fully understand them, can be equal with them,  who defends them, and is necessary for them to arrange better contact between them and the world.

Here, it would be nice to stage an “unpleasant incident,” which was prepared in advance, in order for the teacher to settle it, to defend the children, and to show, let’s say to a police officer or the authorities, how children are dear to him and how he is prepared to give up anything for them.

A respected person is the one who leads, sacrificing himself, accepting all kinds of unpleasantness, although he himself is not guilty of them and should not be held responsible for them.

It’s known that the youth has a particularly sharp feeling of self-esteem; they are ready for any action, even suicide, just not to harm their “self.” And when the teacher shows that he is willing to stand by them and defend them, they immediately accept him not only as one of them, but also as a higher one.
From KabTV’s “Conversations with Michael Laitman,” 12/12/14

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