The ‘Mustn’t Grumble’ Generation Has Died Out…

…here comes the ‘Whine To The Newspapers’ generation:

One Year 11 student contacted The Argus and said: “We had a strict change in the wearing of jumpers in corridors a couple of years ago when a few new teachers were introduced.

“Since then they have been strict on where and when you can wear ‘outdoor clothing’.

“It is understandable that we aren’t allowed to wear coats and jumpers during lessons and we’ve got used to the fact we aren’t allowed to wear them in the corridors – even at break or lunch – however recently when a couple more new teachers arrived we now have to put our blazers on before we enter the school gate.

“I have to stand at the gate in the morning in the freezing cold, put all of my things on the floor and get changed, along with many other students.

“It’s unfair and wastes time, the teachers that operate the gate stand there in coats while children change into blazers, it’s not right.”

Life ain’t fair, kid. Get used to it.

The Argus did ask the student why pupils did not wear their blazers under their coats, but got no reply.

Heh! Some actual journalism for a change! Nice one…

The news comes the same week as Cardinal Newman school in Hove’s ban on coats indoors and students have more gripes about the school – this time about pens.

Teachers are asking students to write in black ink as opposed to blue to fall in line with exam board regulations, but a Year 11 student is far from happy.

The pupil, who asked not to be named, said: “I, and many of my fellow students, think it is ridiculous to assume the colour of the ink changes the meaning of our writing.

To paraphrase Martin Luther King “we wish to be judged not on the colour of our ink but on the contents of our writing.”

We know his name. Why would you want to withhold yours?

A school spokeswoman rubbished claims black ink was prohibited and said: “There is certainly not a “ban” on blue pens. However, we recommend that students use black pens as it is required in public examinations.

“We aim for all of our students to have a high quality of presentation of work so that they are “exam ready” in the future.

“This is about promoting good learning habits.”

And I suspect it’s doomed already.

8 comments for “The ‘Mustn’t Grumble’ Generation Has Died Out…

  1. Stonyground
    February 5, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    When did this pedantic enforcement of truly mindless and pointless uniform rules start to proliferate and why? It almost seems as if someone is trying to raise a generation of mindless drones who are willing to obey any instruction from someone in authority no matter how pointless or absurd. You can’t wear your jumper in the corridor, WTF? I went to school in the 1970s, we had a uniform but it was never enforced so religiously that common sense went out of the window. There were, for instance, kids who had moved from another school and had the wrong coloured blazer. They would be allowed to wear it until it needed replacing when they would then get the correct one.

    • February 5, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      I suspect it has its roots in an article the telegraph ran in about 2008 / 09 about the success in turning round a failing school in Yorkshire. Amongst the other things they did was get the standard of uniform up and that’s where the article started. Part of there problem was that whatever standard they used to have started to slip to a new low, and then slipped again and so on. It was one of the things they tackled, but it wasn’t the whole problem and wasn’t the only part of the solution.

      I expect that lots of people saw that and ran away with the notion of get the uniform right and everything follows, especially those who are looking for quick solutions to systemic problems.

      • February 7, 2016 at 7:11 am

        These days, who isn’t looking for quick answers to systemic problems?

        Not the police, not the CPS, not the NHS…

    • February 7, 2016 at 7:10 am

      I wonder if the restriction was introduced to prevent contraband (in good schools, mobiles, in bad ones, knives!) being smuggled in under the jumper?

    • The Cowboy Online
      February 7, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      I suspect, or perhaps hope, this is part of a ‘zero tolerance’ effort being made to restore standards to education, and who could complain about that?

  2. Ed P
    February 5, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    We had to wear ridiculous straw hats (boaters) at Sevenoaks at all times when out of school grounds, even in the rain (which rotted them).
    But I had mine signed by all four Beatles when they recorded Strawberry Fields in Knole Park, so it wasn’t all bad.

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  3. February 8, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Little scrotes should do as they are friggin’ told. Unless of course the uniform for boys includes a skirt and blouse. But I can see that coming next. Along with purple pens cuz its LGBT innit an’ Mr Mz says so.

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