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?