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Schoolroom psychopaths.

July 10, 2014

An acquaintance of mine spends two days a week as a teacher’s aide.

I am biased, of course, but I consider her an astute observer of   behaviour and attitudes. Someone not prone to exaggeration. So I believe her when she claims that the  six and seven-year-olds  she has dealings with include an  (admittedly small) number of   potential mass murderers, arsonists, thieves  and  psychopaths.

Why the revelations of classroom criminals in the making?

The front page story in today’s “Advertiser” reveals  the latest cotton-wool approach to potential headline makers who  will reach teen-hood and trouble labouring under the delusion that they will get the same sort of leniency in the courts of the land.

Corporal punishment, of course, seems a distant memory in our education system. My days in a minor  English public  school are  almost lost in the mists of time, but the occasional trip to Headmaster Unmack’s musty-smelling study for “six of the best” with a gymshoe did not, I believe, scar me for life.

OK, so I am Grumpy. By name and not by nature. Or upbringing.

Meanwhile, back to the “Advertiser” which, regular visitors to this website will know,  sometimes raises my blood pressure to dangerous levels…

It seems that the latest stupid chapter in the non-punishment saga deals with a group of SA academics who  will tell a national summit on child behaviour that the “naughty corner” and disciplinary suspension from school could be labelled “human rights abuse”, and a breach of the fundamental right to an education…

If I were a teacher I would be turning to the “vacant positions” columns of the paper asap.



One Comment leave one →
  1. July 14, 2014 4:27 pm

    Teachers are not allowed to discipline, parents are afraid to discipline in case someone reports them to social services, no wonder kids think they rule the world. Add in the fact they are spending too much time with electronics are not nearly enough running around outside exploring and letting off steam, (parents are afraid of kidnappers and paedophiles) and you have a hand made recipe for trouble. Now and in the future.


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