Now by this time Conroy is having trouble controlling the kids in the classroom. Mrs. Brown as usual wants to just beat the children to make them "listen". There are other ways that Conroy finds to help his classroom calm down a bit and listen. Throughout this chapter Mrs. Brown wants to be in complete control but the students only listen because they are afraid. I for one do not want to partake in my students being afraid of me. I want them to be able to be comfortable in the classroom. Beating a child each and every time they do wrong is not going to accomplish anything except make more problems. Students need to have discipline but also need to be understood. There are reasons for everything. I just do not think beating a child all day long is worth the trouble. Teaching the students discipline and understanding, making sure they understand and know the consequences are important for a healthy classroom. Conroy may have his unique strategies and he knows he has to listen to Mrs. Brown because she is the principal, but he still uses his own way of doing things. What makes a good teacher is not how often he/she uses the strap but how the teacher involves his/her self in the students’ lives.