Climbing Aboard The Media Tiger (Pt III)

Three cheers for headteacher Ms Sylvia Stronach!

Sylvia Stronach banned 120 children aged between seven and 11 years from talking in the canteen because the noise levels had been ‘horrendous‘ and made it an ‘uncomfortable place to be for both children and adults’.

Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!

But of course, that didn’t sit well with some parents:

Mr Smith said both he and his wife encouraged their children to write letters to the head outlining their concerns but when nothing happened they turned to Facebook and found other children and parents with similar concerns.

Well, of course they did. It’s what you do now, isn’t it, when you are thwarted. And it wasn’t just the ‘silence while eating’ rule, either:

In a letter sent to parents since the controversy, Miss Stronach claimed parents were discussing ‘misinformation’ about the matter, since her ‘golden silence rule’ was only intended to last a week.

But she warned that if youngsters were too loud and rowdy they would ‘have to go back to short periods of silence’.

She added in the letter: ‘This decision lies entirely with your children.’

Miss Stronach also denied pupils were banned from clapping after birthday lunches, stressing: ‘This is untrue. They are allowed to clap but they are not allowed to scream and do high-pitched whistles.’

Having been on a Tube train to London where a school outing made it utterly impossible to hear any driver announcements due to the earsplitting din made by these little darlings (with the teachers proving totally ineffectual) I can only commend her further.

But Mr Smith is clearly a ‘modern parent’:

However Mr Smith believes the rule and punishments are too harsh.

He said: ‘The children should find the school to be a happy and harmonious place to learn and instead it appears that the whip is favoured over the carrot, figuratively speaking.

‘In discussions with other people it transpired that the issues had been on and off for some time with some children being made to leave their lunches and stand in the centre of the hall as punishment.

Parents are understandably distressed that attitudes towards discipline that were thought to have been left behind in the 1970s were alive and well in the school.’

Parents (actually, just you and your Facebook-whinging buddies) might find it ‘distressing’, but I can assure you everyone else finds it damned refreshing!

Just check out the ‘Daily Mail’ comments..


2 comments for “Climbing Aboard The Media Tiger (Pt III)

  1. December 3, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I’ll happily join in with your cheers!

    It’s one of those things that could go either way; one can imagine an equally vociferous group of parents whose children are upset by loud noise mounting a facebook campaign to force head teachers to impose silence – the racket in a school canteen can put all but the most hardened souls off their grub.

    Either way, an attitude of ‘the customer is always right’ has crept into education and systematically undermined the authority of schools (not to mention paving the way for the progressives to wreck the education system still further).

  2. Edward Spalton
    December 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Back in the early Eighties our children got a very good start at a really excellent nursery school (from age 3) and infants’ school (ages 5 to 7) where they were happy, learned well and were made to behave considerately.

    The trouble started at Junior school. I went to have a look round with the deputy head. There was a normal sort of noisiness before we entered his classroom. When we entered, it continued and the children did not even appear to have noticed that we had arrived. I looked at him in a questioning way. “They are a bit bubbly this morning,” he said. He had to speak quite a few times before everybody went to their own desks and chattering between pupils continued, even as he was speaking.

    Not long after, I took our children out of the state system (business was good at the time). A few years later, our children’s most disparaging possible remark about a teacher was that he or she was “gripless”.

    It seems that the state system is suffering an epidemic of “griplessness”.

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