Students without empathy and respect… who fear no consequences

At Primary and Secondary schools we are seeing an increasing number of students that exhibit little empathy or respect and this is reflected in their language and behavior. A good deal of this has environmental roots ie poverty, abuse, absent and busy parents etc…

And it is being left for schools to pick up the mess. Given the shackles teachers operate under, increasing reliance on restorative practices, and little or no material consequences eg detention (which no longer happens) then students who know their “rights” have a free rein. With an increasing movement to “modern learning environments” (aka innovative learning environments ie open spaces) then the potential disruption to others learning caused by these students, possibly in groups will be magnified.

I feel a perfect storm is brewing…

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