With the on-going riots starting in the capital and moving into towns and cities across the country, there is now more debate than ever as to who is to blame for this breakdown in our society where criminal behaviour has become so widespread and uncontrollable. While there is a never-ending list of who to blame – the government, youth culture, parents and society in general – we have taken a look online to see the teacher comments and media reaction to the riots and the education system.
Head teachers’ leader, Brian Lightman, says there need to be some “hard questions” and “uncomfortable truths” for parents and families, after youngsters were caught up in an unprecedented night of violence and looting.
‘Daily Mail: Years of liberal dogma have spawned a generation of amoral, uneducated, welfare dependent, brutalised youngsters
By Max Hastings
It reflects a society in which teachers have been deprived of their traditional right to arbitrate pupils’ behaviour. Denied power, most find it hard to sustain respect, never mind control…..So there we have it: a large, amoral, brutalised sub-culture of young British people who lack education because they have no will to learn, and skills which might make them employable.
Blog post: Most of the kids are alright
Insights from a teacher
I’ve taught the ‘unteachable’, despite being punched, kicked, having chairs thrown at me. I’ve taught fledgling criminals to read, and helped the ones who weren’t beyond help to fly in better directions. I’ve taught probably a couple of thousand kids, of all races and abilities by now and taught them exactly what I had the privilege of being taught, in my Home Counties grammar school. Some of the kids were rightly proud to go on to jobs in cafes and shops; some made it to Oxford.
Blog post: A UK teachers overview
Posted by Pooky Hesmondhalgh (@creativeedu)
John Cunningham works with 12 academies, some of which are in the areas affected by the riots.
He looks at how we can go about rebuilding a feeling of community and accountability following this week’s riots. .. Perhaps it is due to both parents or carers working, creating a lack of accountability for their whereabouts. Or maybe it is the fact that they see others looting shops, ‘getting away with it’ and trying to do likewise. Perhaps their role models of today are not setting good standards. Indeed we may ask who are their role models.
Eugene Spiers, an Assistant Headteacher thinks about what approach teachers should take when discussing the riots with their pupils.
We must talk and listen to our young people about rights AND responsibilities and how engaging in their communities is a powerful thing with many opportunities.
Neil Jeffery, a UK teacher, shares his views on the UK riots…
I was truly saddened, though, to see young children, not adults, children of around 12-14 years of age, joining in as if it were some kind of game. I tried to think of where I had seen it before…
@ Tenuviel riots – what we are seeing on the streets is the animal behaviour that is present in our schools on a daily basis – I know, I am a teacher.
@CherylBernstein A London-based teacher friend sees a direct connection between the riots, the school holidays, & the cuts to youth programmes
If the young feel so alienated from their own communities that they loot on their own front doorstep and create such devastation – what can be done about it?
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