A deputy head who sat on a Government taskforce aimed at improving behaviour in schools yesterday condemned a generation of modern parents as 'uber-chavs'.As so many people would agree…
Ralph Surman said the parents of today's pupils were themselves the children of the 'first big generation of single mothers' from the 1980s.
He claimed they - and in turn their children - have been left with no social skills or work ethic and may be impossible to educate.
Mr Surman spoke out in response to figures unearthed by the Conservative Party, which show that the number of 16 to 24-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training - known as NEETs - is rising across Britain.All too terribly true, but expect the conservators of the public sector to begin shrieking from the rooftops at how unfair it is to point out what everyone is thinking.
'We must talk about a class of uber-chavs,' he said.
'They are not doing anything productive and are costing taxpayers a fortune.
'It is very difficult, almost impossible, to take these people now and provide basic social and work ethic skills.
'The offspring of the first big generation of single mothers were children in the 1980s.
'Now they are adults with their own children and the problems are leading to higher crime rates and low participation in the labour force.'
It is not clear if he was referring to the parents of children at his school, in Nottingham as a whole or to modern parents generally.But we aren’t talking about all ‘young people’ when we use that term, and you know that full well.
But his attack was criticised by David Mellen, portfolio holder for children's services on the Labour-run Nottingham City Council.
He said the number of young NEETs in Nottingham had bucked the trend and fallen.
The councillor, who is also a teacher, said: 'We are talking about young people here and (uber-chavs) is an irresponsible term to use.
'The comments are ill informed in light of the reduction in crime in the city and the reduction in young people who are NEET.'
But if we were to start identifying the ones that are causing the majority of problems, as Mr Surman just has, we’d then have to start considering how best to stop the underclass breeding more of them in the future.
And that might lead to some policy decisions that don’t sit well with the public sector and the Guardian-reading chattering classes, wouldn’t it?
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers said Mr Surman's comments did not reflect the view of the union.Of course not. Just like Mellen, they are in the business of ‘chav farming’…