It is very apparent to me that we are failing in our efforts to impart knowledge to our children. We are seeing schools reduced to monuments to mediocrity and failure. The lack of imposed discipline leaves students wondering what the world owes them rather than what they owe the world. In their rebellion, school uniforms, which have been deemed elitist, have been replaced by gang style outfits which leaves students in uniforms which they should either be proud of or disdain. By failing to instil any form of discipline, the students don’t know which they should do.
Although I was fortunate in going to schools wherein teachers were respected and able to control large classes, I saw very little corporal punishment. The threat was always there but the pride which our schools instilled into us meant that it was seldom resorted to.
What do we see now? We see pupils who are aware that they cannot fail examinations. We see pupils who manage to fluff their way through classes to earn exam passes on the backs of their brighter class mates. We see pupils who feel no pride in either themselves or their school. We see pupils who can not respect anybody else because they have no respect for themselves. Worts of all, we see pupils who have not the least idea of the competition that awaits them when they leave the coccoon of school.
It is now commonplace to see children walking around with weapons. We hear horror stories of children attacking other children, killing them, even, for the slightest advantage and most stupid reasons.
We do not hear the blame being placed fairly and squarely on the shoulders of us – the adult population. We have sat back as jobsworths have destroyed our communities. We have allowed children to receive rights with no responsibilities. We have allowed the popular apologists to excuse any and every form of anti social behaviour. We have allowed the family to be sacrificed on the altar of a false equality – making women give up their ruling position in the home to become just another provider.
I fear that we are too far down the road of political insanity to be able to recover but I hope, sincerely, that there are enough people with the self confidence to ensure that the world will continue to be populated by more providers than parasites.