What Kind of People Are These?

November 29th, 2006

The tradition of breaking the spirits of young people is alive and well at my alma mater.

The following charming comments were made by a female teacher who works with 9 year-olds:

1. You have a large head but no brains.

2. You belong in an Urdu Medium school.

3. Why were you in the toilet for so long? You must have been crying because you couldn’t change your clothes yourself (the child was actually helping a friend).

The S.C.H.O.O.L. is the only enterprise in the modern world that gets away with blatant criminal activity without any public accountability. When a child fails, she is stupid. When a child is distracted, he has attention deficit disorder. When children talk in class, they are rude, obnoxious brats. It rarely occurs to anyone to question the quality of services being provided by the school and its teachers. Parents who try are punished; their children are victimized by teachers in not so subtle ways until the message gets through: DON’T MESS WITH US.

No other service-oriented profession operates like this. Employee motivation, skills, and up-to-date knowledge are the responsibility of the individual and the employer; not of society. Why should the customer have to deal with the malaise afflicting education?

Schools operate like mafias and nobody in their right minds will take them on. But for how long?


3 Responses to “What Kind of People Are These?”

  1. Zakintosh says:

    All I can say is Thank You for posting this. The School System is a Criminal, in every sense of the word. Fortunately it is also stupid and unable to see it’s own demise coming so it cannot take steps to avert or delay it.

  2. Olive Ream says:

    I second ZAK’s comments. And thank you so much for highlighting this issue. For persons in a position of authority such as teachers, it is illogical, immoral and inappropriate to behave in such a crude manner. But then again, if we look at the qualifications, background and mindset of such individuals, it isn’t a surprise that they behave so badly. The whole system is now structured in a way that you basically never actually learn anything. It will be a miracle if the kids can learn to think on their own.

  3. Sara says:

    Indeed a sorry state, but the question arises what one should do to make the situation any better. From a school’s prespective it is the parents who are dictating them to follow a specific pattern.Hence, they can not do much to bring about disciplined personalities. Whatever the case is, the end result is that the kids being raised today are victim of identity crisis,restlessness and without any sound direction.


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