Kids shouldn’t be forced to recite in class.

  1. Please remember what subreddit you are in, this is unpopular opinion. We want civil and unpopular takes and discussion. Any uncivil and ToS violating comments will be removed and subject to a ban. Have a nice day!

  2. "Raise your hand if you know the answer." Nobody raises their hand. "Okay Cindy, do you know?" And then Cindy answers perfectly, covers all the possible solutions and elaborates about every single solution. This is how my every class looks like, everybody knows the answer but nobody answers.

  3. I was the kid who knew the answer but couldn't raise his hand. It's a combination of doubt and anxiety, something i still struggle with at a different level. It's probably really important to learn how to deal with them. Its harder to conquer as an adult.

  4. ‘‘Twas the opposite for me. I would never raise my hand in college cause I didn’t know the answer and thought it was an easy question that I should know and everybody else already knows. It was always reassuring when the person called on also didn’t know the answer, but regardless I still didn’t know shit.

  5. Either I know the answer and I know that I know the answer and therefore don't give a shit about reciting it for someone, or I don't know the answer and don't have shit to say. Either way I'm not raising my hand.

  6. But I don't know the answer and am also terrified and skip that class cause I'm so scared to be called and embarrassed. Fact- did this for math

  7. To be fair I've managed to just develop the skill in my job because my job is a lot more of a familiar and comfortable environment than a classroom ever was.

  8. The reason is that the vast majority of jobs require you to talk out loud confidently so this is simply another way they prepare you for having a grown up job.

  9. Also accepting being wrong or knowing when to say you don't know is an important trait many adults don't have.

  10. I'm 38 and I'm still terrified of public speaking. I wish it had been fixed when I was at school it would have been soooo much easier.

  11. I kinda wish there was a class for public speaking. Forcing me to do is sparingly just made it worse for me. If that was the focus of the class, with proper technique and stress management, I think I would be much more comfortable with public speaking.

  12. This exactly. It seems really hard to speak in front of others when you're a kid, but if you never have to do it you never overcome that anxiety and it becomes so much worse as an adult and can have a huge negative impact on your life.

  13. I fully agreed with this unpopular opinion until I graduated. Now I wish they would behave put MORE emphasis on public speaking. Avoidance in my early life has made my social anxieties much worse.

  14. This is true, but it really depends how the teacher is approaching it. If you have a shy person and you are trying to push them to an answer you might just increase the shyness of that person rather than helping it.

  15. Also, it allows them to know what you know and it improves your memory because you don’t want to embarrass yourself by not know information.

  16. I’m glad the kids of reddit didn’t take over this post and just circle jerk about ‘how mean and unfair every teacher is for no reason!’ cause I’ve seen posts about education end like that countless times.

  17. Thank god I’m not the only person who was annoyed by this. OP’s whole question is phrased awkwardly (I mean, “forced recitation?” Wtf)

  18. I always did "turn to your partner and say the answer". And then I'd say "Who heard a good answer?" and they could tell the answer their partner gave. Even shy kids didn't seem to mind "reporting" what they heard, rather than having to phrase their thoughts.

  19. That's really funny you say that, I'm designing some Leadership Training for the management at my company and had this same idea - that we'd ask people to share a "good answer/idea" they heard during a breakout session. You saying it worked and people liked it better than sharing their own thoughts makes me feel like this is the right way to go.

  20. That’s what I do. Or a gentle ‘out’ for them to admit they don’t know but also not be embarrassed. Something like ‘oh dang they don’t quite remember right this second, who wants to bail them out for a point’ (or raffle ticket or whatever the prize was for the kids) and that seems to work almost 100% of the time.

  21. I like this! It also gives students a chance to work out their thoughts before having to speak in front of the whole class. Much better than randomly putting them on the spot.

  22. I was like you and OP in high school. Things got better in college but I so wish I leaned into my social development more while I was young. I wrote myself off as the shy, quiet kid and it hurt the development of my social skills a lot. It also held me back in various other ways. I was cynical and wrote myself off as some sort of victim like OP is doing in the comments… and it was super counter-productive.

  23. An important change imo between then and now is the constant fear of anything you do ending up recorded forever. If you do something dumb its just too easy for someone to whip out a phone and start recording it, cementing that embarrassing moment for a long time

  24. Every kid has something that they are going through, as someone that had anxiety problems as a kid I completely understand OPs post. I had pimples quite early as a kid (5th grade) and it took a toll on my confidence, It also didnt help that I was called a "dead kid" just cause I'm quiet, I hated when people were looking at me or I when I am being the center of attention during that period in my life.

  25. Yes, but there are so many better ways to help combat social/performance anxiety. Rather than calling on anyone at any moment in time, maybe just throw a couple presentations into the mix. That way, when you present, the teacher will be able to tell whether or not you've absorbed the material, and you'll have some time in advance to prepare and to ensure that you know what you're talking about.

  26. I personally think it should be done even more. The more you do something the less scary it gets and hopefully you won’t become the embarrassing person at uni who refuse to talk in front of a class.

  27. Agreed, although I think it should be done in a different way than random/blind call-outs. All that does is generate anxiety over time. Having some kind of controlled environment and structure in place with positive reinforcement is definitely helpful with actually generating confidence.

  28. I loved being made to answer questions and explain things in class because it was one of the only times I felt good about myself. Also in band when they'd have us play 1 by 1.

  29. To me tho this entirely depends on the person. Some people have such a fear of public speaking that it's a straight up phobia, and phobias are often worsened by repeated exposure to it. There's definitely more that should be done to help students overcome that fear but the brute force approach only works in some, perhaps even most, cases.

  30. This. Not only is public speaking and confidence and working under pressure necessary to functioning in many jobs, but I'd go as far as to add that people who can master these skills are far more likely to be successful in life. As my dad always says, "It's not always about the degree you have or how smart you are. Sometimes the people who get ahead are simply the best talkers." And that's so completely true

  31. Way back when I was in high school, our english teacher gave us an assignment to recite a Shakesperean soliloquy in front of the class. Most of us just recited it, some gave it more effort and one even dressed in costume. But I'll never forget one girl who lay down on the floor, closed her eyes and covered her ears and then said her piece. I thought she was incredibly brave. She could have bailed, gotten a zero and not have to put herself through what was obviously a painful experience. The teacher didn't set a standard, just that we had to do it, so she did. She got full marks, too.

  32. You’d get answers from the same kids if you didn’t just call on anyone. Arguably it’s also a way to keep all the kids engaged, have to stay on your toes and pay attention if the teacher might call on you at any time.

  33. For me it put me in a state of high anxiety constantly whenever I was in classes where I knew the teacher would randomly call on students. I couldn't pay attention throughout class because I never knew when I'd be called on, and I had a lot of anxiety about that.

  34. Former teacher. That’s on admin and other powers that be. Teachers are asked to do this because “100% engagement” is one thing we are evaluated strictly on. The idea is that even if someone gives a wrong or highly incomplete answer, at least it involved them and a discussion can start (as opposed to silence, or the same handful of students answering every time). I don’t particularly like the practice, but students also gotta understand it’s ok to be wrong, and it’s very important to keep class moving when we only have 45-50min for a lesson. It’s also the closest we get to a “random sample” to see how much people are following.

  35. I’ll add that versions of random calling/using a variety of engagement techniques are often explicitly part of the rubric we’re graded on.

  36. The first time I was a senior our English Lit teacher had a very simple, straightforward approach. Read the assignment and I’ll questions in class the next day. I’m going to ask everyone. No exceptions. By the end of the semester everyone was reading and everyone was engaged. She was elderly. She was tiny. She was mighty! I doubt she was loved by all, but most of us adored her. The comfort zone is a wonderful place, but you’ll never truly grow if that’s where you live your life. Thanks for the memories you’ve dug up from this senior.

  37. Teacher here. I get it being nervous, but as others have pointed out school is also teaching important social skills. Being able to speak in front of your peers is important. Student social skills have been eroding for a good while now, but the pandemic made it even worse. Sometimes you are going to be put on the spot to answer.

  38. I taught for years as well. Everything you said is absolutely correct. Actually happy to see so many people here defending this practice. Even adult redditors will turn into fifth graders when the subject of teachers is brought up. We are adults with jobs and part of our job evaluation has us doing things like this. So aside from all the good It can do for the students, we do this in order to keep our jobs and progress in our career. Not everything we do is a personal “fuck you” to students. Only some of it!

  39. It is important, but it needs to be done in a controlled environment where they aren’t punished for wrong answers and/or have the risk of being made fun of by their peers. All the alternative does is generate more anxiety towards public speaking and not actually improve their skills. Having that structure and positive reinforcement in place is really the only way exposure therapy can work.

  40. Its 10-ply for sure. The point of school is literally to prepare these children for the world. Getting called out on the spot is a part of life, no matter what you do career wise.

  41. In college, I had to take a speech class (pretty standard). I waited until my last semester possible to take it because I was dreading it, we had to complete 4 live speeches throughout the semester. The first one came and she asked if anyone would like to go first due to nerves so I did. About a week and a half after the first, my teacher died. They skipped the second speech assuming we were all grieving. Then covid hit and we went all online so I got to record my speeches and post them to an online forum. I really lucked out, but I still can’t help but wonder what my grade on the first speech was. I should break out the ouija board.

  42. No teacher (20 year Ed vet here) who follows current best practices and an empathetic learning environment doesn't force it. There are times that, yes, kids do need to practice discomfort because they need to learn and practice how to handle such things in the real world. But there is a difference between compassionately doing so and just traumatizing kids. When kids needed to practice speaking in front of others but struggled with anxiety, we would take baby steps to build confidence. First, just write it down. Then the next time, they recite (or read out loud or whatever) just in front of me. Then next time, in front of a small group of kids who are supportive. Then we move on to whole-class. Because speaking in front of others is such an anxiety trap for many people, half the class would be in the same boat. By the end of the year, my class went from many of them not wanting to do anything in front of the class to performing (as a class) in the school's end of year talent show (we Rick rolled the school 😄).

  43. What happens with your method is that the same few students raise their hands and sometimes monopolize the class. There are other techniques that can be used. Teachers can provide little whiteboards for students to write their answers on, for example, so when the students lift their boards, only the teacher can see their answers and can call on anyone with the right answer to give it. People are generally more confident it they know they are right. Then, the teacher can ask someone who got it right what reasoning they used. The teacher can follow up with questions asking someone who got another answer to volunteer how they got the wrong answer to explain how they came to that conclusion and if they still have trouble understanding. I taught GED and I had students who had all kinds of problems which made regular schooling difficult. One very bright young man had such social anxiety that he hid behind a moveable whiteboard. A good teacher knows where students are coming from and gently guides them, little by little, to extend their comfort zones.

  44. This is a challenge supposed to build new neural connection in the brain. In addition, later in life, one remembers those poems and can recite them in public. Learning cannot be task-free, even is some claim ‘but tasks are stressful!’. Learning is about competing tasks under constraints, and other commenters have already pointed out the skills that this task helps improving.

  45. I don’t remember a single poem from English class and I’d wager that nobody that I know does either.

  46. The problem here isn't public speaking, the problem is teachers that don't create a safe environment for students to recite in. I am a teacher, if a kid is too afraid to speak, I fugged up.

  47. I'm a reading teacher. I'll never demand you read aloud unless it's just you and I. I do need to evaluate how you read aloud, but I do not need to do that in front of your peers in a way that makes you feel bad. I'm also a child of anxiety. I get it, and you're right. Your entire cognitive ability is being used to handle anxiety in a moment like that - you're not learning in that state.

  48. Let’s take away all skill development that will help kids in the real world. No more presentations, class recitals, or team sports in class.

  49. I didn’t know I had functioning problems with anxiety until midway through college (when I was diagnosed with Panic Dx). This was after over 20 years of struggling with order and giving immediate answers in school. I had no explanation for why I knew a topic/answer but literally couldn’t speak (loud enough) when called on. It took someone ELSE identifying my struggles that I couldn’t explain. Even with meds, I still disassociate and don’t think clearly when someone says something rude or unexpected/unpredictable directly to me. My brain just doesn’t work the way others expect. I don’t have the same sense of humor or critical thinking as others and I hated being held responsible for that in school. Especially since it doesn’t even matter with what I do for work now.

  50. My teacher tried to force me to sing a song in class before as a teen. Kept my head down and hoped I wouldn't be picked, I was, and I had an argument with the teacher about not wanting to sing it. In the end I had to read it. Reading is one thing, but picking random teens who are already self conscious enough, to sing in front of the whole class is pretty shitty.

  51. You learn more in school than just book knowledge. You learn social skills, presentation skills, you challenge yourself to be uncomfortable.

  52. Yeah I was too shy to raise my hand. It totally wasn’t the “talking to the whole class” part that made me nervous

  53. Honestly it would be better to give the children incentives to learn and answer correctly such as giving volunteers something for speaking up, raising their hands, or answering correctly than calling on random kids who may feel embarrassed if they don’t have the answers.

  54. My teachers thought I had a reading disability because I couldn't read out loud. I'd stumble nd get stuck, and just stop reading. After going to a special classroom and getting evaluated sometime after, I was told I had great comprehension, but I might have a public speaking fear or general anxiety.

  55. If you read and studied and knew the answer, you wouldn’t be afraid to be called on. Work on yourself instead of trying to bend the world to fit you. Real life doesn’t work like that.

  56. That's called a "cold call" and helps the teacher see who has general understanding of what's happening. Teachers also do things called a "warm call", they'll see that you get what's going on and give you a heads-up that they want you to share your answer. This is part of learning. Trust me, you will also be put on the spot as an adult, might as well prepare for that.

  57. life is about getting out of your comfort zone. you stay confined and your life will be sheltered and small.

  58. I despised teachers who randomly called on us. Hated it so much i actually studied so i wouldn’t be embarrassed and those are the classes i did my best in.

  59. i wish this wasn't unpopular, kids shouldn't be forced to do stuff that makes them incredibly anxious, instead of helping them, forcing them into this actually makes them way more insecure, especially since other people will laugh and make fun of them if they get it wrong or stutter. so yeah, this is right, don't force kids to do things that make them uncomfortable. people who are mentally ill and have social anxiety exists y'know?

  60. Agreed. When I was in school I was incredibly anxious and uncomfortable with being made to speak out, give speeches or read out portions of a book.

  61. The kids who raise their hands more often than not already know the answer. Teachers don't care about the students who already know the material. Their job is already done for those kids. Their job is to educate the ones who don't understand, which would be the people that don't raise their hands to answer.

  62. Learning to process those feelings of stage fright is part of the lesson. Children need to learn to deal with unpleasant feelings and need to learn how to cope with not getting their way or having everyone cater to their preferences. This is part of maturing.

  63. As someone with a lisp, being forced to read out loud in class affected my mental health during childhood an unmeasurable amount. I could hear other kids giggling at me and imitating me and I would tear up inside

  64. I only call on the students who I know aren’t paying attention. Most of my wallflowers are studious and I speak with them one on one, so I know they understand.

  65. even coders have to speak up in meetings sometimes. you can't avoid it; best to learn how to handle it in school before the stakes are higher.

  66. Dont know where are you from and how these answers influence your grades but usually they do that to track how every student undestands the most recent material. Teachers in shool not only teach, they also trying to detect your knowledge gaps early. That will change in the university.

  67. I was the student that was uncomfortable with sitting there in awkward silence so I raised my hand whether or not I was confident about the answer. I probably answered 50% of the questions in class and was the guy that the teacher would say "does anyone but pficky want to answer." I would have much rather had people randomly be called than just sit there with no one raising their hand.

  68. I completely disagree. Teachers should do it in a good way though. School is where you work and learn to do things.

  69. they have it partially so they can sus out who needs extra help and partially to get kids to mentally recite it (reciting is a form of revision and helps memory) the shy to raise hands thing can also be very true especially in schools where wanting to learn is mocked or classes where they get dominated by a small academic group who unintentionally intimidate the rest.

  70. I was that kid. I absolutely hated public speaking, being in the center of attention, answering the question aloud even if I knew the answer. My worst nightmare. Turns out I do have social phobia, but my mom never believed in psychologists, therapists, etc. so consulting my issues with a specialist was never an option.

  71. Being introverted by nature I hated it, but I am also kinda grateful tbh that I was forced to buy my teacher who was awesome but very tough. He helped me with overcoming my fear of standing out and public speaking. At least it worked in my case.

  72. Nah, life "gives you opportunities". Be ready for em or face the consequences. Also some kids are quiet and let the hand raisers hog all of the class participation

  73. I had a professor do that to me in college. He was picking random people to solve problems and he picked me. I told him to give me a moment to figure it out, I started to type on my calculator and he said “no, no using a calculator” and I just said uhhh ok, cuz I actually had an accommodation given to me to be able to use my calculator in class due to some of my mental health issues. I get nervous and I started to just write it out and he got mad at me again for writing it out and I snapped and said then I can’t do it because I can’t do math in my head without holding up the class for 20 minutes over one equation.

  74. Even though I fucking hate doing any kind of presenting in front of people, this won't work. Why should some kids recite while others don't have to just because they don't want to? That's not fair, life in general isn't fair.

  75. How's it shaming someone by having them speak in class? The classroom is place to experience things outside ones comfort zone to encourage growth. Reciting something in class isn't even a demonstration of pushing the envelop it starts in elementary school. Not everyone is going to be comfortable with every activity but we can't just not participate in things that are difficult.

  76. I’m a new teacher… thankfully, my entire education towards being an educator drilled in my head that we need to create safe spaces where students WANT to learn. In my class I refuse to call on students who don’t have a hand up, or make ANYONE recite anything at all… it’s absurd. Instead I focus heavily on positive reinforcement… and a little bit of candy bribes to get the quieter students to want to speak up and be a part of discussions ext.

  77. I 100% hated this but it should 100% also stay because it really did make me pay attention and learn more. In one of my college courses if you didn't know you would just say you were not sure and the professor would then either try to help or call on someone else.

  78. There were so many occasions that I couldn't produce an answer I absolutely knew because being put on the spot makes me go full anxiety mode. Not everyone is going to be in a position where they have to be comfortable talking in front of groups or having instant recall on whatever facts have been shoved in their head to be memorized. And that's ok.

  79. As a teacher, engaging in dialogue with the students is very valuable. If you give a full and complete answer, you demonstrate that you understand and I don't have to go over this again (and you tell the class the correct answer). If you give a partial answer or make a mistake, it allows me to elaborate on it or correct your mistake in front of everyone for their benefit - never to shame you, but to teach you and the class where you went wrong. A lot of mistakes are very common ones, so look around, you'll see other people erasing the same mistake you just made. If you don't know, you don't know and I can explain the answer to you and anyone else who doesn't know.

  80. I failed Spanish in middle school for this exact reason. Once a week we were forced to do these "skits" and perform them in front of the class. I had crippling anxiety and stage fright, and I would get physically ill if I even tried the assignments, so I just decided not to do them since it was being so disastrous to my mental health. Sadly, those skits were a HUGE chunk of my grade. My Spanish teacher then assumed I was lazy and gave me crap the rest of the year.

  81. I can't agree. Had too many students that couldn't express themselves because no one has ever required them to do so.

  82. It’s hard, but you’ve gotta learn to accept being wrong and people knowing about it. If you give the wrong answer, so what? You learn for next time. It will really help you out in your career in life. It’s something I’ve been working on for yeeeaaaarrrrs. I’m better about it now. And it’s really helped me engage at work and come up with solutions for problems we have. It sucks, but it’s a skill that will help you out a lot. There’s nothing wrong with being wrong if you are willing to learn from it.

  83. To be fair, you'll have to do oral presentation all your life so yeah, I get that it sucks, but I do understand why teachers force students to do it. They don't have to be OBNOXIOUS about it thoughm but yeah.

  84. The randomness of being called on is the most anxiety inducing. I had a teacher in one class that let us know the day a certain handful of kids would be called upon. Yeah, it’s kind of cheating, but everyone had their day they knew they’d be called to answer questions. Everyone was engaged over the duration of the class, and there was less anxiety knowing you had to be extra prepared for your day. It helped me a lot to become more confident in the classes where teachers randomly called on me. I’ve always been shy to speak up.

  85. Eh, being put on the spot is uncomfortable, but that’s it. It teaches us to deal with uncomfortable situations in a no risk scenario so that when we do face higher risk situations later we can handle them better. We’re social creatures, and learning how to handle yourself in front of other people is an important life lesson. And it helps ADD kids like me pay attention better if you know you could get called on and put on the spot.

  86. Because they’re trying to teach you how to speak in public. The number of adults I know that are incapable of addressing even a small room full of people without stammering and tripping over their words or being too quiet to hear is astounding. I don’t care if you’re shy, use your diaphragm and speak the fuck up. Being called on in class is normal. It’s not embarrassing (unless you weren’t paying attention and don’t know what was asked). Just answer the question and get over it.

  87. I hate realizing this site is just teenagers bitching about their nonexistent problems. Just try and answer the question and if you’re wrong literally no one will care. I can’t remember a single stupid wrong answer given in any class by any classmate in my 18 years of education.

  88. Yes, never step out of your comfort zone. Spend the rest of your life too shy to ask the waiter for ketchup. This is how we should be raising kids.

  89. Because it’s building you up to have necessary skills in adulthood, you wanna make it far? You won’t being the shy employee at a fast food joint.

  90. Love all the "kids these days are too soft" and "you gotta push them out of their comfort zone" people in the comments.

  91. I’m happy someone said this because these comments about kids being soft or whatever are not only insensitive to the very real issues these kids have to deal with, but also stupid as all fuck. They all just sound like boomers/gen x who mistake childhood trauma for precious memories.

  92. I never had an issue in front of my class even as shy as I was. I did have a teacher who required students to recite their personal testimony (the religious thing or whatever) in front of the whole school. I nope’d out of that so fast lol

  93. I had a teacher who just talked through the entire class and didn’t once call on anybody for anything. I did pretty poorly in that class and I was a good student in general. I wonder if when the fear of not knowing answers went away, I just stopped paying attention..

  94. The problem is they don’t actually teach you how to do the speaking, they just expect you to do it.

  95. They absolutely should be. The last thing we need is yet another generation of young people that cannot communicate effectively with people in person.

  96. It's just that it's easier for people to voice themselves over the internet. People talk about stuff that makes them anxious online.

  97. Forcing shy people into things, that make them uncomfortable doesn’t help them to get more brave. It makes them even more insecure. Let shy and introvert people keep their personality and their comfort zone. Tell extroverted people to leave them alone.

  98. I totally agree. As an adult who still copes with social anxiety, a lot of my school classes made my anxiety much worse. I think desensitizing oneself in safe environments (in clubs, with friends, counselors, etc) is much better. Otherwise putting them in overwhelming situations will potentially harm them for decades.

  99. I beg to disagree. Being shy might be cute as a kid, but is just sad as an adult. If you don't let kids get in uncomfortable situations, they're just gonna be helpless as adults and unable to do mundane tasks.

  100. Teachers where I am require an "oral communication" evaluation (grade 4 &5 teacher here). I do however recognize there are some shy students...so I get this grade just outside the door of the classroom away from their peers.

  101. Being able to speak in front of others, with confidence, is important to learn as you grow up. I wish it were taught more to children. Maybe I wouldn’t struggle so hard during my Zoom calls and presentations at 35 in a professional setting if it were encouraged more. Social anxiety sucks, but it shouldn’t be crippling and teaching children coping mechanisms in social situations is exactly what we need to see more of. It’s a lacking creature in a lot of adults.

  102. I used to cringe at how culty it felt to do that. But I do agree with the other comments that public speaking is a very important life skill, and even though most people feel some anxiety around it, you have to power through.

  103. I don't know how it's in other countries, but where I'm from there are also oral grades. How is a teacher supposed to grade that if the student isn't engaging at all on their own? So it's necessary in such cases so there's something they can grade

  104. School is not just there for you to rote memorize things from a textbook. Getting up and speaking in front of people is something you must learn to do and do well. If you never leave your comfort zone you will never grow as a person. I applaud every teacher that makes the shy kids stand up and give there answer. School is not there to coddle your fears it is to make you stronger for actually going out into the real world. Letting people by because they are shy does them a disservice and hurts them in the long run.

  105. School is not just there for you to rote memorize things from a textbook. Getting up and speaking in front of people is something you must learn to do and do well. If you never leave your comfort zone you will never grow as a person. I applaud every teacher that makes the shy kids stand up and give there answer. School is not there to coddle your fears it is to make you stronger for actually going out into the real world. Letting people by because they are shy does them a disservice and hurts them in the long run.

  106. Because one day, you're going to be sitting around a conference table and your boss is going to ask you to explain something to the company's clients and the teacher doesn't want you to get fired because you sit there mumbling and bumbling and getting flustered.

  107. Many years ago my Algebra 1 teacher would call out anybody who wasn’t paying attention and would sarcastically rip them apart. It was like being roasted by a top level comedian. She commanded her classroom. Mrs. D was the best teacher I ever had….. So to that I completely disagree with you.

  108. You’re really missing the point. It’s to get you used to being on the spot and to get used to pressure of the real world. Sounds like you needed to be called on more based on how you talk about it lol

  109. I’m a full blown adult with a full blown career and my stomach still drops when a question is posed to me infront of a group of people.

  110. I think this actually is a good thing... yes you maybe socially awkward and all.. but think about it... if a teacher does this isnt the teacher pulling you out of your shell ? Its constructive imho..and a good ice breaker ..

  111. The point is not for the kid to be comfortable, it’s to have them speak out their minds, give it a try even if they don’t know. In life they’ll be required to talk when they don’t want to, this allows for some preparation and training so a kid doesn’t faint as soon as someone asks them something

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