When I switched on the BBC news just the other day, I was expecting some more tragic news from Afghanistan, a swine flue update or at least for some immoral MP’s to have their faces spread across my screen. I certainly was not expecting to hear that a young boy had been taken to hospital with serious injuries following an attack at his school…by a teacher!
It has been released that a science teacher, a one Peter Harvey, who taught at All Saints’ Roman Catholic School in Mansfield was arrested after an incident occurred within one of the classrooms at the school. The ‘attack’ as we are led to believe, left a 14 year old boy, Jack Waterhouse with ‘serious’ injuries, injuries requiring him to be moved to a specialist hospital to be treated.
This event, although singular in its scale, is shamefully not unique. That is to say that violence within schools has become all too common. Questions are therefore raised.
What is it that we expect from our educators? Should teachers merely be that, there to teach or should they also become beacons for discipline within our societies? How far can their responsibility be stretched before more teachers snap? Will this have a knock on effect upon the numbers that enter the profession in the future?
What constitutes as punishable behaviour, and what sort of punishment should be handed out for children within the school environment?
But most importantly for me, what does the attitude and acts of children nowadays say about the state of our society?
I am going to leave the questions there, as this topic has the potential to grow uncontrollably. I have however chosen to use my first blog to act primarily as platform for debate. I am well aware that all of you reading this will have had different schooling experiences and so will look upon these questions with very different answers. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas, as education is something I feel driven by within the political world.