According to Charlie Taylor, the Government's new behaviour tsar, the “clear” advice (just 52 pages long in comparison to previous, more weighty tomes) should put a stop to teachers living in fear of litigation if they touch a child.And what could be more welcome? A return to proper discipline?
The simplified advice explains teachers can use ‘reasonable force’ to break up fights, stop children attacking classmates or teachers, and to remove disruptive kids from lessons, if necessary.
But is a more aggressive approach the way to empower our teaching staff?Well, certainly the ‘let’s be soft on disruptive kids’ approach isn’t working, and we’ve tried it long enough to know, surely?
Child and educational psychologist Teresa Bliss, who has spent 20 years running units for children with behavioural difficulties, thinks taking too harsh a line does more harm than good.*sigh* Well, yes. She would, wouldn’t she?
“When a school continually punishes those who get into fights, with detentions and exclusion, it’s like plugging in a volcano – the kids erupt.Whereas if you don’t punish them or exclude them, everything will be just fine?
“Instead of harsh punishments, your response must address the underlying issues that lead to the conflict, or give a young person strategies for dealing with the cause.
Otherwise that child will become more and more angry, and things will never get better.”
I guess Teresa doesn’t spend a lot of time in modern classrooms…
“Reading through the guidance it looks as though our schools are a war zone,” she says.Yup, she definitely doesn’t.
Although the numbers may sound dramatic, Bliss points out that if 1,000 students are being suspended each day, as a percentage of the 8,923,400 being educated in England and Wales, that’s less than 0.001% of all students.‘Classroom managers’. My, that’s a telling phrase, isn’t it?
“The danger is this new guidance gives teachers who are not good classroom managers – and who are confrontational with pupils – carte blanche to continue with that behaviour,” she highlights.
And fancy being ‘confrontational with pupils’…
Next, they’ll be expecting to be able to get away with telling them to sit down and shut up! Quelle horreur!
“Being able to restrain kids if they’re lashing out is perfectly sensible,” says Lee Jackson, who began his career as a youth worker, and now gives advice to teachers on how best to motivate young people.But if its acceptable in an airport, where terrorist incidents are rare, why is in somehow not acceptable at a school, where assaults and other crimes are routine?
“But I think the idea of searches, like in an airport, is ridiculous.
“We shouldn’t go down that road. You’re presuming everyone is guilty.”
In Jackson’s view, the best way to encourage good classroom behaviour is a combination of strong teaching and earning kids’ respect.Teachers aren’t supposed to be everyone’s mate!
“I tell teachers that in ‘Generation Y’ you have to have a good relationship with pupils before they’ll listen to you.
“That’s why it never works having a string of supply teachers. The kids don’t have time to form a relationship with them.”
I thought we’d got away from that flawed policy?
"teachers who are not good classroom managers – and who are confrontational with pupils"
Thus, without a shred of research, evidence (even anecdotal) or citation of a respected source, the one trait is equated to the other in the unwary reader's mind.
And confrontation, even to challenge unacceptable behaviour, is now such a bad word isn't it.
that’s less than 0.001% of all students.
Unfortunately it fails to mention the disproportionate effect that the behavior of the 0.001% has on the education of those that actually want to learn and aspire, when 1 arsehole can disrupt the learning of a class of 30 everyday, every time.
But hey lets focus on the minority, that's what we do these days.
oh and BTW and earning kids’ respect.
Do fuck off
It's NOT acceptable in airports. Unfortunately, we can't just choose a different airport but parents can send their children to a school with a different policy if they want.
Kids, like errant puppies need rules .. and they need to know that those rules WILL be enforced ..
When the puppy craps on the carpet .. it gets its nose rubbed in it ..
When the kid misbehaves or disrupts lessons, it gets punished .. not exactly rocket science is it ?
All this twaddle about "Classroom Managers", earning kids "respect", building "relationships" is just a smoke-screen for ineffectual teaching and a lack of discipline ..
Teachers are not there to "build relationships" or win popularity contests etc .. They're paid to teach, to try & hammer in sufficient knowledge for pupils to pass an examination based on how much of that knowledge has been absorbed & retained .. nothing more .. nothing less ..
I "respected" my teachers, because I knew damned well what would happen if I dared show disrespect and I listened more to teachers who controlled the class, took no shit & taught what was required, than I ever did to the very, very few who couldn't ..
They were ridiculed by pupils and, I suspect disowned by colleagues .. (which probably explains why I still know sweet FA about Technical Drawing) .. ;)
The only question any kid needs to ask when told by a teacher to "jump" is "How high Sir" ? ..
"I "respected" my teachers, because I knew damned well what would happen if I dared show disrespect and I listened more to teachers who controlled the class, took no shit & taught what was required, than I ever did to the very, very few who couldn't .."
Seconded, CH. I found that the better ones tended to give the class a certain amount of rope with which to hang themselves, each term. But when the limit was reached all hell broke loose. The entire class would get detention - even if only one or two were being disruptive. And in those days detention was that day, not "by arrangement" at some later date. So if you missed your bus home it was bloody inconvenient! And there was virtually zero chance of getting your parents to come and get you - NO mobile phones, and many households didn't have a landline or a car...
When I started teaching the headmaster gave me a 1 metre length of very flexible bamboo and I was expected to use it if necessary. There were rules set by the school and If any child over stepped the line - swish...
We had one caning, in front of the whole school, of three boys that had gone on a rampage through the school - it never happened again and we heard that those three got worse at home.
The parents even came round to the school to apologise for their children. Could that happen today - I doubt it.
Absolutely MD .. my parents didn't own a car until 1968 (by which time, I'd been in the Armed Forces for two years) or a telephone until 1977 ..
I also knew that if I was punished at school (and I was, though not very often) & ran home telling tales, I'd recieve scant sympathy and probably stoppage of pocket money to boot .. and, potentially be stopped from the two things in the week which I enjoyed most .. going to Cadets ..
It paid to do as you were told, when you were told, without any backchat ..
@ Ivan ..
"When I started teaching the headmaster gave me a 1 metre length of very flexible bamboo and I was expected to use it if necessary" ..
That just reminded me of my old headmaster, Alf "Jumbo" Mitchell .. our school had a stick (bound with zinc oxide sticky tape) & a punishment book, which the miscreant was obliged to fetch from the school office ..
"Jumbo" always referred to it as his "Snickersnee" .. (anyone unfamiliar with the term, check your "Mikado" for reference) .. ;)
I can't remember if it was from ancient Egypt or Babylon but a teacher somewhere several thousands of years ago came to the conclusion that: "A boy hath two sets of ears, one upon his head the other on his bum."
Wisdom Of The Ancients....normally the Guardinistas would be lapping it up with added crystal rubbings.
(to be historically accurate, the quote said 'back' not 'bum' but you get the point).
Took me back a bit there, Captain H, with that ref to Technical Drawing. My teacher would set a drawing, tell us all to get on with it quietly and nap for half an hour. Then he'd wake up and tell us what we'd done wrong.
Bet you couldn't do that today, because the little buggers can't be told to be quiet. And incidentally, I got an 'O' Level in TD so I guess he knew what he was doing.
How long has this liberal experiment been running - 40 years or so?
No one believes it has worked. Schools are wildlife parks and the majority of pupils churned out at the end of the process are barely educated monsters with massively inflated self-regard.
So the Left does what it always does when faced with the disasters it creates. It says 'this isn't working - we need to do more of it!'
There is no better demonstration that Left-liberalism is a delusional state than this. It is incapable of assimilating evidence that contradicts its blind faith.
Our Junior school Headmaster had a flat wooden bat which bore the words 'Board of Education'.
He did not need to use it much but the threat of it meant that the 52 pages of advice would not have been needed by that school or the Senior school we moved up to.
"Thus, without a shred of research, evidence (even anecdotal) or citation of a respected source..."
Who needs such mundane stuff as evidence?
"Unfortunately it fails to mention the disproportionate effect that the behavior of the 0.001% has on the education of those that actually want to learn and aspire..."
"... because I knew damned well what would happen if I dared show disrespect.."
Ditto! I knew what the consequence would be at home as well.
"How long has this liberal experiment been running - 40 years or so? "
About that, yes. Clearly, since it isn't working, it needs a bit more time!
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