Jailed: teacher who snapped (tip of an iceberg)
I find this story particularly sad. It is really the tip of an iceberg of problems with disrespectful behaviour across the country. For all that ASBOs and such mechanisms offer some slight hope to people terrorised by yobs they are not the real answer.
For the real answer we need to look at why patterns of behaviour are developing such that there are continual aggressive incidents across the country. Yesterday I drove across central London in a taxi and saw an aggressive row which was on the verge of serious violence (people pushing each other).
There are a number of difficulties. Most lie around the desire of some people to act in such a way as actually is designed to irritate others.
Part of this lies in how schools operate. The government's obsession with the rights of the parents of yobs means that teachers have to run around justifying reasonable actions they have taken to deal with indiscipline.
Those children learn that blagging gets results and that if they behave irresponsibly then all that happens is that they get more attention.Tony Blair's Speech (March 3 2005)
includes the text:"However, on these foundations a fundamental system-wide change is taking place which we will take forward decisively if re-elected. Step by step we are putting 'parent power' at the heart of the education system - giving all parents, not just a minority as in the past, the choices and opportunities needed for their children to succeed."
They did this previously when they forced a school I know to readmit a boy expelled for attacking a classroom assistant. Such acts are so damaging to the discipline in the school that they have effects beyond the single act.
The first priority for education has to be to maintain discipline in the class. This means that parents of yobs would not have the same amount of 'parent power'. At the moment they can give the system the runaround.