January 29, 2008


CHCH Live@5:30 Tuesday

Already a bully's victim by grade 2. But what really is the answer?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, as an education student, I have definately addressed the issue of violence within schools within my own education. It is a concern for me, as a mother of two. I cannot help but wonder if when I complete my degree program, am I going to be handed a bullet-proof vest along with my teaching degree? When I apply for a teaching position in three years, am I going to be offered 'danger pay'?
This problem of violence in the schools did not exist 100 years ago. Unless of course, you include the strap as wielded by some administration at that time. The difference between that time period and this one is simply that values and discipline has changed significantly. Most families have dual incomes, resulting in a lack of parenting in many cases. Of course, there are always exceptions to any rule. However, how many latch key children get homeform school to an empty house with only unsupervised television and computer time to occupy them?
Then, we have these forms of media effectively teaching these open minds how to deal with problems in unhealthy ways. And we are SURPRISED to see violence in our schools? Teachers are not allowed to discipline children in schools. Parents are resticted by HOW to discipline their children by society's fears of abuse. So children are learning discipline and problem-solving from t.v., computers, and video games. But HEY! As long as society's children are sitting quietly, stuffing their faces with McDonald's watching television, while the working Mommies and Daddies of the world 'unwind' from their long day at work trying to barely make ends meet in a society where inflation is unescapable and not leaving families any many options if they want to live above the poverty line...what do we care if society's unsupervised children kill each other on the playground? After all, Mommy and Daddy actually having to go home after 14 hours of hard work to have to work some MORE is hardly fair, now is it? Besides, society has created an economy where both parents HAVE to work, so society can pick up some of the slack in relation to raising the kids... and let the chips (or the bodies) fall where they may.
Perhaps taking a step back in time to 100 years ago and implementing discipline in the school system, where it is so clearly falling short in the home, wouldn't be such a bad idea. After all, isn't the classroom where children spend much of their day? And if the schools can't teach respect and discipline, and the parents are too tired to bother at the end of the day, who is left to raise productive members of society but the television? I do not condone abuse. But I DO condone education and discipline. And clearly, there is not enough discipline and definately not enough educaiton in the world anymore if our babies want to kill each other as a solution to a problem.

January 30, 2008 12:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the poster above, thanks! Well said. We have to smarten up and fast, it is melting away in front of our eyes...

January 30, 2008 7:40 AM  
Blogger DJ said...

I'm reminded of a few incidents in my life...

My Dad came home to find me shooting at the neighbours cat with my pellet rifle.
My punishment? He sent me out 20 yards, had me drop my pants and shot me in the butt with a pellet, then took my rifle away. After that, I only shot at targets.

Flash forward a few decades...

...The next door neighbours kid was shooting at my house with his pellet rifle. I handled it as my father would have, talked to the miscreant's dad.

Turns out he was shooting up the whole neighbourhood.

Guy next door handled it as I or my father would have, and laid a beatin' on the little delinquent.

A little later, the police show up and arrested THE FATHER for assaulting the teen! Only after the most of the neighbours complained did they arrest the kid.

The only lesson that that kid had learned to that point that he could basically do what he wanted, and dad couldn't discipline him.

That was over 10 years ago, they have since moved, but not too far away. The last I heard of the kid, he was in jail.

Perhaps if his Dad was allowed to discipline as previous generations could, that kid would have changed his ways.

DJW

January 30, 2008 12:04 PM  

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