Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A Different Kind of Respect Agenda

Schools should not “over discipline” persistently unruly pupils for fear of alienating them and should instead hand out praise five times more often than punishments, the Government has said.

"New guidance on school discipline, reported in The Times, cautions teachers against repeatedly praising only “the same good pupils”, suggesting that rewards also be given to persistent miscreants who show an improvement in behaviour, however small."

"Teachers should understand the importance of showing respect to children from racial or religious backgrounds for whom public humiliation is seen as particularly shameful. In these cases, staff should not use language that might humiliate youngsters in front of their friends. "

Ed: There's a fascinating story on truanting on our local patch on Kent Online but given the knife, gang, gun, bullying culture that is increasingly prevalent in inner city schools, can government really believe that the solution lies in praise? "Put the knife down Wayne, there's a good boy."

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do schools discipline unruly pupils? I heard that a teacher was verbally abused in the foulest of language and then assaulted by a pupil last year at one of our Westgate schools. After a 5 day extra summer holiday(called a suspension) the pupil is still walking around the same school. Staff tell me the incidence of pupils verbally abusing staff has risen incrementally at that school in the present academic year as a result. Appeasing the brats is the best way to undermine the resolve of the majority of nice, well behaved and motivated pupils;who are (according to my two)crying out to see the foul-mouthed; the bullies; the disrupters; the vandals and the idle get their just desserts. It is interesting when talking to youngsters, to find how many of them would like to see corporal punishment administered in schools.

John Brown said...

We've had over 40 years of pink & fluffy liberal policies and they haven't worked as well as they did years a go. Even in the late 70s with the threat of the cane from the Head or a beating across the backside with a trainer off the PE teacher in his office there was still a reasonable balance. Us boys respected the PE teacher who we had daily contact with. We didn't respect the French teacher because she was female and was unable to shout. Single sex schools would stop boys showing off in front of girls and girls egging them on.

Anonymous said...

We are dealing with animals ... hold on ... hold on ... we are ALL animals and children from two to twenty are on the steepest learning curve of all. Beating children was never the answer to modify behaviour - it only gave some satisfaction to the person doing the beating. The lesson was learned sure ... do wrong get pain ... but the real lesson learned was dont get caught again and make sure that when you get the chance put a stone through society's window somehow! Imagine you are a competent performer in class - doing the work - towing the line - and you see the class idiot disrupting, foul mouthing, bullying everyone ... and because of the new policy HE/SHE gets praised more often than you do. The lesson you learn is - misbehaviour pays off - crime pays ... why should you make the effort? The solution to the problem is for teachers to have more time for all of their pupils - to get to know them better - find out what makes them tick - learn which buttons to press ... and that will happen with smaller class sizes, deregulation of the curriculum and slashing paperwork. All of the above occur in pivate schools and they do not have these problems. It will be interesting to know what others feel ........

Anonymous said...

I disagree with your take on corporal punishment; the lessons I learned were don't misbehave in class, pay attention and do the homework set! However, 9.50pm has a very valid point about small classes and small schools. No political party will take the proper step of making all its schools 'private' and giving parents a 'voucher' to spend and top up if they are prepared to make a sacrifice. There is educational research going back 50 years or more that shows the ideal class size is 16-20 max. What does KCC do because of Govt Funding rules when school rolls dip due to demographic changes? Close schools; merge schools; anything but pay for teaching groups of 16-20. My daughter at a Westgate secondary school has sets in excess of 30 and is in a Maths set at GCSE of 31! My neighbours son at a Broadstairs high school near Asda is in a Maths set of 20! Why is there such a difference?