Recently it was on the news about the lack of teachers learning the trade and a growing worry of people not willing to become a teacher and the future shows a lack of interest in the job and not enough people to teach children.
I believe this is because of the state of the education system and how it is ran.
Example being there is absolutely no control over the children now and they can get away with anything. Stripping the teacher of powers and authority is a stupid idea and was a stupid mistake to begin with. How can a teacher control a class of children who hold the power?
Children are not daft they know the teacher is powerless to stop them and the teacher can do nothing against a disruptive child. They hold the cards in the classroom.
I was once witness to a situation when I was at school where one of my friends was being disruptive and the teacher shouted at him and he didnt listen to orders and instead decided to insult her. She shouted at him again and ordered him to sit down and he ignored her. He then got in her face and insulted her. She shouted again and neither of them looked like they were going to back down. There was a power struggle. He insulted her again and she shouted him to sit down. Yet again he refused and stayed in her face. They now were both standing their ground. He had completely cornered her and she lost face. He insulted her again and this time she slapped him. At the time we was all shocked but looking back I feel sorry for her. She has lost her job because of it. What she did was wrong I suppose but I think in that second she had no choice. She was cornered completely and her power diminished by a pupil. He was the power and she had become like nobody in the classroom. The respect for her was never there and her authority didnt exist. She must of felt so alone in that room. He was completely in the wrong and got what he deserved.
Im not saying what she did was right but he also was in the wrong. If I put myself in her position I dont know what I would do. I would feel completely powerless. There isnt really an answer for the teacher to do in that situation. Leaving the room also makes you look weak and foolish. Once you do that no child will respect you in any class you would be seen as weak.
I know she was in the wrong but I think she was the victim of a failing education system. One where slowly childrens education is sliding away and the interest in learning is less and less. Where teachers are seen as a figure of ridicule in the classroom. This is a failing system happening all over the UK and many other parts of the world. It needs to change. The teachers need their authority back!!
So how can they expect people to want to become teachers? Why would anyone want to put themselves in stupid situations like that and more and be in a room where they fear the children and not the other way round. Surely it should be the children fearing the teachers wrath? How can you expect to teach children if they wont listen?
The education system needs a better system and one where children are made to learn and leave school with a certain level of knowledge and grades. Children are getting lost in the classrooms and forgotten about. They need to be pushed to achieve but how can anyone do that when children rule the roost?
A generation or two ago. The teacher was feared and people left school smarter and with more grades and knowledge than now. So many young children dont know DIY or proper English or maths and know nothing about history and why? There is no incentive and no guidance and no fear to learn. The classroom is a nice fun relaxed room with no pressure and no need to listen anymore. The teachers are a figure of fun and children dont care.
I notice a difference between my generations and below to the generations above and I am sure if everyone is honest they also do. There is a difference in knowledge and behaviour. The respect has gone and the interest to young children. In 20 or so years time will there be builders and plumbers and electricians? Children are more interested now in computer games etc.
A young boy who came to do work experience within the company I work for at the age of 15 couldnt read. How has this been allowed to go this long without the correct education? How has he been failed so badly? I dont believe hes the only one either.
Children are going unnoticed in the classrooms and only half the class is prospering. How can a child prosper and develop without the correct guidance and discipline? There should be a system in place which means you have to be at school until you reach a reasonable standard of knowledge. So many children leave with nothing. How can this be acceptable?
Im a believer that maybe children possibly over the age of 12 should be in school till 5.30pm and why not? There is more learning and studying time and gets them ready for working life. This is life and they must be ready for it. We can not be too soft when it comes to education. Children are the future foundations of civilization and they mist be strong foundations.
Children needed to be guided to reach their potential. They need to know as much as they can to pass knowledge on to future generations. The knowledge must be passed on otherwise society will collapse in years to come.
So give the power back to the teachers. Let them guide the children, teach the children safely, let them discipline them correctly and be supported by the education system. Put two teachers in each class if needs be as witnesses to events and naughty children and to half the workload of 20 or more children. It surely is hard to teach that many children within an hour and also help the struggling children. So use two teachers as support for each other. Instead its the children supporting each other in troublesome behaviour…
So why would anyone want to walk into a classroom and face such an issue with no powers to control it? Imagine the fear and anxiety and stress of taking on a room of children who some will try and bring you down and overthrow you…why would anyone want to do that?
Change needs to happen now for a brighter future for us all…