Wednesday, 4 April 2007

No smacking ... and then, no teachers.

The Blair Government's anti-smacking legislation, passed several years ago, has had a belated sequel in British schools where, the BBC reports, violence is "driving teachers away." Marcus makes the connection.

RELATED: Smacking, Education, UK Politics


  1. He's drawing a long bow with correlation=causation.

    Ask why youth are becoming so violent and rebellious in schools. Public schools get worse by the week and are little more than institutionalised torture. Teens rightly rebel - and if they have been hit as children they are *more* likely to rebel violently - not less. If they haven't been hit they often rebel in non-violent ways - like truancy.

    I doubt the schools you link to as good educational examples have problems with pupils punching teachers on the nose, and I doubt that is because parents used corporal punishment to correct misbehaviour when the students were little.

    Address the root of the problem.

  2. The root of the problem is the failure of parents to establish a base such that their child's behaviour is socially controllable i.e. such that there exists reasonable/generalisable instructional control.
    This role/responsibility should not be transferred to teachers ... that is the difference between the schools ... plus, that crap kids define/create crap schools that attract less than capable/competent teachers at coping with this, let alone teaching, these crap (socially deficient)kids. To put the onus for this on the teacher's ability to retain focus via their 'entertainment' rating is a nonsense. "Institutionalised torture," ... it is this 'protect the aberrant' mentality that has created this situation in the first instance.
    Nonsense stuff, anon.

  3. I read this week that Blair will now be pushing through a law to allow teachers to be able to use force to prevent students causing trouble in classes. About time!


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