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(Australia) "Kicking, screaming, punching and worse"; schools have to deal with trauma from home

Feb 1, 2018, (Australia) Brisbane Courier Mail: Parents need to stop being ruled by their kids http://www.couriermail.com.au/rendezview/parents-need-to-stop-being-ruled UNRULY classrooms are not the fault of teachers, but of mums and dads who couldn’t pass Parenting 101 if they tried. Bad behaviour — kicking, screaming, punching and worse — begins somewhere and it’s not at school. Why should it fall solely to schools to fix what starts in the home?... The answers lies in parenting, and forging a cooperative culture between home and school that recognises — as opposed to pay lip service to — the value of education. A positive classroom climate is critical to academic excellence, the OECD report says, but when kids are turning up to school drastically unprepared for learning, how can teachers be expected to work magic? Disruptive learning environments are not the preserve of low socio-economic areas. They exist in both state and private schools, and Australia has one of the worst records in the world. Another OECD report, in 2017, found one-third of students in advantaged schools and about half in disadvantage schools said that in most or every class there was noise and disorder, students didn’t listen to what the teacher said, and students found it difficult to learn. Philip Riley, from the Australian Catholic University, runs the Principal Health and Wellbeing survey. He says anti-social behaviour is “ubiquitous”, getting worse every year and cultural change is urgently needed. … Before kids even reach school age, many of them are programmed for problems. They have low attention spans and high expectations of being able to do whatever they like. Many have never heard the word “no”. They have not been taught to sit still, eat what’s on their plate, listen without interrupting. … So when kids, who are sleep-deprived, hyped up on sugar and shamefully free from discipline, turn up for school, is it any wonder they are primed to give teachers — and their peers — a hard time? Queensland educators are bitten, punched and spat on, according to school workplace injury claims obtained by The Courier-Mail under Right to Information laws. In extreme cases teachers have been hit with iron bars and sprayed in the face with classroom fire extinguishers. Charming! In Western Australia, teachers are threatening to strike if the Government doesn’t mandate policies to tackle violence from increasingly younger perpetrators. Aggression that once might have been seen in Year 7 pupils is now occurring in Year 1s, according to the teachers’ union…. Child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg says lax parents are breeding disconnected, bitter and resentful kids who feel they can treat authority figures, including police officers, like dirt. …