@educationgovuk Public school discipline won’t work in State schools.

Dear Mr. Gove,

Public school discipline won’t work in State schools.

In fee-paying schools, pupils are motivated to conform and accept such measures of censure and control because, even if it is not natural to them, they know that if they don’t, they’ll be kicked out of that school and sent to a State school.

Lines, detentions and similar punishments only work, where the pupil consents to them and there is nothing in Law, or Minister of State edict, which will make them.

Your Civil Service advisor’s know this.

It’s why they advised one of your predecessor’s to punish the parent’s, rather than the pupil’s, when a childĀ  truants.

The hands of the Court’s, The Police and the CPS are unable (and unwilling) to attempt to curb the behaviour of those under the age of 16.

So why do you stand in your pulpit, blinker’s on, and demand that teacher’s, who daily monitor hundred’s of children, be able to accomplish this feat, which is beyond your own wit to do.

10% of the population are mentally unbalanced, 10% are subnormal, 10% will appear before a court, as adults. Only 5% will achieve a useful, honours degree. (percentages are guessed-at but probably close to reality)

In a State school, pupils of every class and kind, except those of the privileged, have to attend.

Some will attend under duress, without any genuine way of preventing them showing their displeasure, except to some extent, by teacher bluff.

Of course, some teacher’s will engage and fascinate their pupils: But not every pupil and not every teacher.

Consider some of our own Prime Minister’s, who have actually boasted of their lack of skill in Maths.

How do you engage and fascinate and, yet, teach the dyscalculic, in a class of variously abled pupils?.

How do you engage and fascinate and, yet, teach French to the dyslexic in a class of variously abled pupils?

How do you engage and fascinate and, yet, teach anything to the latent Kray twins, intent only on terrorising your variously abled pupils?

Unless you re-instate the sort of facilities, closed by Blunkett, where specific categories of pupil can be catered for, then teacher’s will never be able to even begin to dominate and raise standards to those of Pre-Blair.

 

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