Monday, 11 April 2011

The Ones Who Disagree With The Solution Are The Problem…

A headmistress who introduced a ‘zero-tolerance policy’ to improve standards in her school has handed out 717 detentions in four days.
Wow! Parents must be kicking up a stink, eh?
Catherine Jenkinson-Dix has won the support of many parents after deciding to punish misdemeanours including smoking, chewing gum, eating between lessons, carrying mobile phones, applying excessive make-up and insubordination.

A strict uniform policy was also announced under which individualistic touches such as odd socks or wearing hoodies in class would be banned.Anyone breaking the rules would be sent immediately to the school hall for five hours where they would have to read a booklet about good behaviour.
Is it working? The evidence says ‘Yes’:
On Monday, the first day of the policy, 236 children – a fifth of pupils at City of Ely Community College in Cambridgeshire – were punished. On Tuesday the figure was 186, on Wednesday it was 180 and yesterday it was 115.
Supporters of the regime say the diminishing figures prove it is working.
Even those whose children fell foul of the new regime aren’t all complaining:
Sophie Martin, 38, backed the school despite her son Jack, 14, being given a detention on Monday for talking when he was meant to be reading a book. She said: ‘He learned not to do it again and he hasn’t been back since.’
Hurrah!
A parent of a 15-year-old boy said: ‘There are plenty who agree with what the school is doing.
‘Yes, the children that get detentions miss classes, but my son said that after several hours bored out of their skulls with nothing to do most of them actually want to be back in class. I think it’s a stroke of genius. ’
But there’s always one, isn’t there?

Step forward, love! Your allotted brief fame beckons:
However, florist Amanda King, 34, took her children, Ben, 12, and Shannon, 14, out of classes on Wednesday and is now looking for a new school. She said her son had been given a detention for arriving late to a French lesson.

‘I’m absolutely appalled. They are wrecking pupils’ education and turning it into a prison,’ she said. ‘Staff are nit-picking over everything – for behaviour, for what they wear.’
Yes, staff are ‘nit-picking’ over behaviour and dress codes. How terribly unreasonable of them….

Lest we think she’s the only one:
Ruth Hanslip, 47, has stopped sending her daughter Karris, 13, to the school after she was punished on three consecutive days for laughing, wearing a bracelet and carrying a mobile phone.

She said: ‘We’d both had enough. They don’t give them any work to do and my daughter is now missing out on her school work.’
Her daughter ‘Karris’. I think you can tell a lot from the names people give their children.

And it’s the school’s fault that her spawn is missing out on lessons, by introducing all these rules and stuff! The squares!
Governor Ben Gibbs said: ‘Teachers are saying they are getting through their lesson plans quicker and we have feedback from students effectively saying how much better the lessons are.’
Maybe it’s better not just because of the remaining kid's attention to work, but because the likes of Karris and Ben and Shannon have had their disruptive, rude, uncontrollable little presences withdrawn by their parents.

I vote that a win/win!

13 comments:

Dominic said...

I do wonder, if all of the new headmistress's plans work out to good effect and in the longer term, just whereabouts will replace Ely as the winner of the "chavviest cathedral city in England" award.

The smart money says "Rochester", I think.

subrosa said...

Karris' mother: 'They don’t give them any work to do and my daughter is now missing out on her school work.'

She wouldn't appreciate the irony would she?

Gawd help the next school.

Woman on a Raft said...

"Rochester is not a city but a town, having lost its city status in 1998 due to an administrative error."

How about Peterborough?

Woman on a Raft said...

From the Mail comments:

"I am not the only person who took my child out, just cos im the only 1 named... IM NOT STUPID.... so please dont call me that.. My daughter is actually back in the school....

- ruth hanslip, Ely., 8/4/2011 15:03"


Presumably she suddenly realized that Ely has only got one secondary school in the city and the nearest school out on the fen - Witchford village college - doesn't necessarily feel able to take her.

SadButMadLad said...

@WOAR, Now I'm not one to go around being a spelling and grammer nazi, but according the comment from Ruth Hanslip she is stupid - at least not being able to write properly

I'll have to go off and read the comments now to find out if she's got blasted for her comment.

Doctor Pepper said...

Fact of life: take the rubbish out and what remains is so much healthier.

But having taught, I can also say that educational establishments often don't apply the rules they set. I had students who would brazenly use mobile phones in class, but you are not allowed to take them off them and the college will not do anything about enforcing rules other than saying "they must not do it" As there are no consequences, any other chavettes who see the rule-breaking soon cotton on they can do it too.

After all, what's the worse that could happen?

English Viking said...

Dominic,

My money's on Chelmsford.

English Viking said...

SBML,

Grammar.

You started it :-)

Rob said...

"misdemeanours including smoking, chewing gum, eating between lessons, carrying mobile phones, applying excessive make-up and insubordination."

And that's just the teachers. Boom boom.

Eating between lessons. Are they fucking serious? This merits 5 hours detention? What does being a useless lazy bastard (many of tbe teachers) merit? Life in prison?

Lynne said...

Old fashioned discipline is making a comeback? What's not to like?

John R said...

My (ex-teacher) other half always maintained that if two children in every class were excluded, then the rest of the class would learn considerably more in each lesson, discipline would improve and results would start to rise - providing she could pick the two children to kick out.

Looks like this is currently being demonstrated as the oiks exclude themselves.

JuliaM said...

"I do wonder, if all of the new headmistress's plans work out to good effect and in the longer term, just whereabouts will replace Ely as the winner of the "chavviest cathedral city in England" award."

That is an unfortunate side-effect; that of merely shifting the problem elsewhere.

As Subrosa says, 'God help the next school'!

"Presumably she suddenly realized that Ely has only got one secondary school in the city..."

Which, as SBML points out, gives the lie to her protestations of not being stupid...

"As there are no consequences, any other chavettes who see the rule-breaking soon cotton on they can do it too."

*sigh*

"Eating between lessons. Are they fucking serious? "

I presume there's a good reason for this one - litter maybe?

JuliaM said...

"Old fashioned discipline is making a comeback? What's not to like?"

Absolutely nothing! :)

"Looks like this is currently being demonstrated as the oiks exclude themselves."

Sooner or later, maybe they'll all end up in the one school. We could rename it. How about 'Borstal'?