Sunday, 4 July 2010

Old School

So it's been a good old while since I wrote anything here. Don't know why, but today the spirit gripped me. And what I thought about was how I view things now, as opposed to how I viewed things 10 or 20 years ago.

When I was a kid, I always heard grown ups speak about how things were always better "back in the day", right? Ok, so now I'm 30 and I'm actually starting to realize how the mindset changes over the years.

My parents grew up with what I would call very strict manners at school, for instance. When it was my turn, the custom was to stand up when the teacher entered the room, greet the teacher (all together), then sit down. I never felt that this was tiresome or strict when I was in school. A couple of years later, when my kid brother went to the same school, this custom was no longer in existence.

Now, we can see kids using cell phones constantly in the class rooms, or laptops. Oh, and teachers can't even verbally put the students in their place without getting a warning or even losing their jobs. Ok, so I might be slightly exagerrating, but it's miles apart from the atmosphere schools had when I grew up. And all the statistics show that it's detrimental to our educational values as well!

Maybe there should be room for teachers to correct their students in a raised voice. I mean, for crying out loud, they're kids! If they understand that there will be no real consequences to their actions, they're not going to conform to sitting still and keeping quiet.

I'm all for progression and development, but not at the cost of our children's education.