Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Article excerpt

THE NSPCC's Stalinist ideas on childcare, mentioned in this column before, are being adopted by those in positions of power. Edinburgh city council has banned teachers in its schools from shouting at pupils. Raising your voice, explains the city's education director, Roy Jobson, is `inappropriate and unprofessional', even if the little tykes are flicking ink pellets at each other at the back of the room. `If young people feel valued and they feel they're being treated with respect it can go a long way towards having their behaviour improve,' he says.

Few would question that it is a good idea for pupils to feel valued, but it doesn't follow that valuing pupils rules out disciplining them. The NSPCC's campaign against smacking, Edinburgh's ban on shouting: they are not part of a process of enlightenment, but a game of power politics waged against figures of bourgeois authority by those who claim to speak on behalf of children.

While teachers are gradually being disarmed of every weapon of classroom discipline, and are increasingly facing the sack for single incidents of momentary loss of control, the standards of behaviour expected of children are slipping. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.