Originally Posted by keltic63
I am a public school teacher. There may be plenty wrong with the school system, but we can't place the blame for everything on schools, administration, or teachers.
In our buildings, we have anti-bullying programs in place. There are concrete steps we take to prevent bullying, and there are consequences for students who choose to bully.
guess what? bullying still takes place. it has become more subtle, but it still happens.
I confess, I'm feeling a little beat up in this thread, not personally, but professionally. Schools should _______ (fill in the blank) You know what would be nice to hear some time? "parents should _______"
You make a good point. It's good to see another teacher's perspective on this issue. And I agree, parents do need to take responsibility for the behavior of their kids. All of the blame can't fall on the schools.
Parents should teach their kids the importance of values.
But, sometimes the problem with that is that many parents give mixed messages about values.They might tell their kids that stealing is wrong but then the kids see them cheating on their taxes. They might tell their kids that lying is wrong, but then see them lying to their minister about why they didn't attend the church fundraiser.
And even the church can send out confusing messages. Example: "Ours is a god of love and infinite benevolence, and if you do not embrace him he will make you burn forever in hell."
When kids are growing up and learning about the world, a lot of what they see and hear is contradictory and confusing. How do they know what to believe and what not to believe? It's no wonder they don't trust or respect authority.