U.K: Violent pupils symptoms of deeper malaise

“At a tender age children are told they are the centre of the universe and it makes them too self-centred and totally uncontrollable.”

“The problem is compounded by some teachers who, due to a lack of support from senior management, fear disciplining pupils.”

“(At home) many are left unsupervised in front of a TV or computer and are influenced by the behaviour they see on screen.” 

What I find strange about this is that children as young as six are even considered capable of ‘attacking adults’ in any meaningful way.

And, why is the teachers union blaming the parents, and threatening strike action against the government? Are the unions using the children to get back at the Coalition government on behalf of Labour?

The age of ‘criminal responsibility in Britain is ten, and under-seventeens are treated as ‘young offenders’. Why is it necessary to send children under ten years old home, for what may be no more than a serious temper-tantrum? Are adult teachers unable to cope with that? And if they are forbidden to restrain screaming and physically abusive children, then why would that be so?

Parents using television as a baby-sitting device is definitely part of it, I remember years ago being delighted to read that a congregation of Southern Baptists had taken their TV sets out into a field, lined them up, and shot them.

I put my TV in the closet once, and left it there for several years. Life went on.

A large part of society’s overall problems with raising children is the ‘need’ for women to join the workforce, to make up for the erosion of purchasing power due to the ongoing, merciless debasement of Western currencies.

As little as fifty years ago, it was a point of pride for husbands to be able to say that “No wife of mine will ever have to work” and women took the responsibilities of raising their children seriously.

Our societies have been under attack for many, many years now, and the current disciplinary problems in the schools are just one of many symptoms of an underlying malaise.

And the sooner we identify that malaise and deal with it, the better.

Jeff Goodall.

15 pupils under six attack teachers every day: Growing toll of disruptive primary children

Daily Mail: Kate Loveys – April 25th, 2011

Fifteen children aged between four and six are being excluded from school each day for attacking teachers.

Nearly nine in the same age group are banned daily for violent attacks on fellow pupils and a further nine a day for persistent disruptive behaviour, Government figures show.

Three a day are sent home for using foul language to teachers.

Experts blamed soft parenting and teaching for creating a generation unable to respect authority or interact socially without lashing out.

They fear that parents struggling to juggle the pressures of modern life are unable to spend quality time with their children. Instead many are left unsupervised in front of a TV or computer and are influenced by the behaviour they see on screen.

The Government figures for the academic year 2008/2009, the most recent available, found a total of 7,620 children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 were given fixed-term exclusions.

The largest single reason was for attacking an adult. The number of 2,890 cases was an increase of 19 per cent in just two years.

It was followed by 1,760 for persistent disruptive behaviour, and 1,710 for assault on a fellow pupil. Amongst the other reasons, 90 were suspended for vandalism, 40 for sexual misconduct and 20 for theft.

The largest number of violent youngsters lived in Hampshire, Birmingham, Hertfordshire and Kent.

Exclusions is an all-encompassing term including expulsions and suspensions, when pupils are sent home for periods ranging from an afternoon to a few weeks. The majority of the figures released by the Department for Education relate to temporary exclusions. Only 50 pupils aged four to six were expelled permanently.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has pledged to tackle bad behaviour. In a White Paper, he has included measures to make it easier for teachers to discipline pupils.

Nick Seaton of the Campaign for Real Education described the figures as ‘extremely disturbing’.

He said: ‘It’s a massive concern that behavioural problems are starting at such a young age.

‘Parenting and teaching is too soft. These adults fail to teach discipline and a respect for authority.

‘At a tender age children are told they are the centre of the universe and it makes them too self-centred and totally uncontrollable.

‘The problem is compounded by some teachers who, due to a lack of support from senior management, fear disciplining pupils.’

Siobhan Freegard of parenting website Mumsnet said urgent intervention is needed. ‘You can see their future mapped out for them,’ she said. ‘They are tomorrow’s hoodies, thugs and gang members.’

Teachers’ leaders blame parents for bad behaviour. Chris Keates of the NASUWT said: ‘Teachers are not receiving the support they need from parents, school leaders or government to assist them in maintaining high standards of pupil behaviour.

‘Parents can’t simply abandon their responsibilities at the school gate.’

The findings came as unions said that teachers have ‘no confidence’ in Government reforms – and that Education Secretary Michael Gove should be moved from his post.

Exclusions is an all-encompassing term including expulsions and suspensions, when pupils are sent home for periods ranging from an afternoon to a few weeks. The majority of the figures released by the Department for Education relate to temporary exclusions. Only 50 pupils aged four to six were expelled permanently.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has pledged to tackle bad behaviour. In a White Paper, he has included measures to make it easier for teachers to discipline pupils.

Nick Seaton of the Campaign for Real Education described the figures as ‘extremely disturbing’.

He said: ‘It’s a massive concern that behavioural problems are starting at such a young age.

‘Parenting and teaching is too soft. These adults fail to teach discipline and a respect for authority.

‘At a tender age children are told they are the centre of the universe and it makes them too self-centred and totally uncontrollable.

‘The problem is compounded by some teachers who, due to a lack of support from senior management, fear disciplining pupils.’

Siobhan Freegard of parenting website Mumsnet said urgent intervention is needed. ‘You can see their future mapped out for them,’ she said. ‘They are tomorrow’s hoodies, thugs and gang members.’

Teachers’ leaders blame parents for bad behaviour. Chris Keates of the NASUWT said: ‘Teachers are not receiving the support they need from parents, school leaders or government to assist them in maintaining high standards of pupil behaviour.

‘Parents can’t simply abandon their responsibilities at the school gate.’

The findings came as unions said that teachers have ‘no confidence’ in Government reforms – and that Education Secretary Michael Gove should be moved from his post.

A resolution passed by delegates at the NASUWT’s annual conference in Glasgow called for a campaign by all means necessary, including industrial action, to ensure a ‘national system of state education’.

It included an amendment that said teachers ‘have no confidence in the education policies of the Coalition Government’.

Among the reforms introduced by the Coalition last year are measures to allow all schools to become academies, and to allow parents, teachers and other groups to set up free schools.

But the resolution said that the Government’s plans are opening up education to the private sector, and that this, and increasing the autonomy of headteachers and governors is leading to ‘inequality of educational entitlement, lack of public accountability and abuse of the system’.

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: ‘This is a reflection of the strong feelings committed teachers have that the policies are wrong for the education system.

‘I hope this makes the coalition pause and reflect instead of bulldozing changes through.’

See original here.

Organisations such as the “Children’s Rights Alliance for England” are undoubtedly part of the problem.

Visit their website here.

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