This problem is NOT because of poor teaching. Experienced, quality teachers are leaving the profession
because they no longer have the authority they once had. Good teachers are being worn down by the continual need to deal with
behaviour. This is directly down to detentions and other methods that simply DO NOT WORK.
We are failing our children
by allowing this to happen. Let us see an end to it.
To lobby the UK Government (and other world Governments) to restore order in schools by introducing punishment methods that
All pupils have the RIGHT to learn. All teachers have the RIGHT to teach
1. To introduce a zero tolerance for minor disruptions.
To phase out individual warnings in favour of whole class warnings.
Measure 1: Zero Tolerance
2. To eliminate inclusive education and protect our
talented kids. To introduce Elite schools for the top 1 or 2% of high performers; to reintroduce Grammar schools for the higher
10% and to provide separate remedial classes
for the bottom 5%; to send all those who cannot behave to correction schools.
Measure 2: Eliminate Inclusive Education
3. To reintroduce a safe system of corporal punishment to be carried out only by a Head Teacher
or authorised officer. To offer OPT-IN schools. Note: 50%-70% of parents in this country are in favour of the reintroduction
of corporal punishment. (see our POLLS section for proof)
Measure 3: Corporal punishment
4. To restore the use of lines. Evidence has shown that lines do REALLY WORK. This is because
repetition gets through to the brain.
Measure 4: Why lines?
5. To reduce the reams of paperwork needed for OFSTED inspections and to reduce planning.
Measure 5: Less bureaucracy
6. To introduce an awareness campaign within all schools to promote good behaviour and encourage new skills. This could
be in the form of posters, talks etcetera.
Measure 6: Awareness campaign
7. To introduce a 'political correctness' watch that protects not only children but also teachers.
Measure 7: Political Correctness watch
8. To reintroduce learning by
rote and repetitive methods.
Measure 8: Learning by rote
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Violence and false accusations
Over the last twenty years, since corporal punishment was abolished, standards have dropped to a level where literacy and
numeracy rates have plummeted, violence has escalated and teachers, instead of being respected, are the brunt of huge numbers
of accusations (most of them false).
While a few of these accusations are of course true, in recent years an increasing number of respected, hard-working teachers'
lives have been ripped apart by a single accusation. They are suspended from work until a full investigation has taken place.
They are 'guilty until proven innocent' but the majority of claims are proved to be unfounded or 'politically correct' nonsense.
How bad is the education system - really?
The Government tells us that standards have risen - only how can that be? The GCSE and A level exams these days have become
easier and easier. The amount of coursework has increased while exams now have a lesser significance. But who is doing the
coursework? Teachers may ask for several submissions so that pupils can correct their mistakes, and it is a well-known fact
that parents not only help, but sometimes do the coursework for their offspring.
Schools are no longer teaching the essentials
Hard to believe isn't it? In many secondary schools, as many as 80% of pupils in Year 7 do not know
their times tables! This is because, at primary level, the chanting of times tables is considered unproductive or old-fashioned. Primary
schools are so concerned about their SATS results and OFSTED inspections that they 'coach' their pupils to pass these exams
and do not have time to work on the basics.
Grammar, a good vocabulary and numeracy skills, which are the foundations
of all learning to come, are grossly inadequate in our school children. We are failing our children because we are afraid
to give them repetitive tasks.
The End of Books as we know it
What has the Government done? The Government has attempted to redress the problems by introducing
the national literacy and numeracy strategies, but it is fighting a losing battle. Computer games and TV are the choice of
most kids these days. The problem is that most kids have become addicted to immediate gratification. If it does not entertain
immediately, if it is not 'in your face' enough, they switch channels. As a result, we are ending up with a generation who
have no skills. Books don't have a chance. Teachers? What chance do they have?
The Government should realise that
the skills shortage is already having a drastic effect on the economy of this country.
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