If you read my post yesterday then you will know Jamie Oliver is now trying to tackle education as a whole, after having tried to tackle school meals.
The 2nd programme of the series aired on Wed night and it got me thinking about something else in the lives of our younger generation. Discipline.
As I see it, in the UK, there has been a gradual decline in discipline in school (and outside it) for young kids. I believe the reason this is so is that Government policies have created a divide between academic education and social education.
The distinction being that academic education is all about subjects and social education is about how people interact with others.
This division has meant that teachers are only expected to do the academic side, whilst the social side is left to the parents.
The issue this creates is that kids spend more time at school than they do at home , so they get little social education. And, because the teachers have lost a lot of the power they used to have in enforcing the social education, they cannot play that role and be the role models they were.
Like it or not, one of the best ways of ensuring people understood and learnt how to behave socially was through discipline, but now you can’t do that. And kids know it too, so they keep playing up disrupting the class and generally not learning and not allowing others to learn.
When I watch the below, I’m astounded by three things:
- they way they behave – or the fact that they don’t know how to behave in social situation
- they way they talk – again they don’t seem to understand when the appropriate times to use certain language is
- their sense of entitlement – to ‘respect’; to being treated ‘as equals’. Sorry but you’re a kid and a student. Never, in any school, should you be a teacher’s equal
When I was a kid if you misbehaved, you would be screamed at or something would be thrown at you. It hurt like buggery but it was never done out of malice, it was done with a purpose of teaching right and wrong and that is how it should be.
Like my view with other public roles (police etc), in order to do their job properly they need to be given the rights to do it. No point in bitching about ineffective teaching and policing if they’re not empowered to be so.
Anyway, rant over. Watch the series!