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Education: all good except for misconduct

The educational outlook in England is a sensitive issue.  Here it is not the curriculum which is surprising.  What is surprising is the excessive freedom given to pupils, the consumerist world in which they live, the little attention given to them and an absence of values that enable students to learn to develop, respect, analyse and form a future social life.

Edith Tacusi-Oblitas Hermoza

One in five secondary schools in England presents behavioural issues, according to a report by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).

According to the Teachers’ Trade Union NASUWT, the main problem of pupil indiscipline is the lack of parental support.

This was reiterated by over 8000 teachers at the annual Teachers Union conference in Glasgow.

Lack of discipline triggers another problem which is that students do not have the complete set of school utensils, but do carry with them mobiles, MP3 players and other technological accessories.

These technological accessories are identified as a distraction which makes teaching in the classroom difficult.

The issue of differing degrees of sex and violence shown on the television and other media are also classed by teachers as a negative influence.

The issue of television’s negative influence has been dealt for a long time.

In this regard, at the British Association of Teachers’ conference (PAT) in 2007, the closure of internet portals such as Youtube where students have access to view – and even show – acts of violence, was proposed.

The number of telephone calls received by the Children’s charity Kidscape regarding sexual abuse is on the increase as 3 calls per week are reported by 7 year old children.

In the last 5 years, 1 in 10 school principals have been attacked by parents.

Last month, teachers at Darwen Vale High School in Lancashire went out on strike in protest of the problem relating to students’ conduct.

According to specialists, children, on the other hand, who spend too much time in front of the television or enjoy internet games, gradually lose the ability to socially interact.

Furthermore, television moulds behaviour and children see violence used by characters that are considered to have positive features.

The parents’ role is vital for the pupils’ education.  Two out of three parents do not share family life with their children.  In this sense, there is talk of a future sedentary generation.

With new disciplinary guidelines, teachers in Britain have the authority to make use of reasonable force when necessary.

“Teachers fear that if they apply a certain degree of discipline, some non-conforming pupil will say that they know their rights.

For this reason, they are reluctant to assert their authority” explained the Minister for Education, Michael Gove, after all, this is not a return of the physical punishment of traditional education.

(Translated by Louise Jefferson – Email:

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