UK CH5 20:00 Tonight - Classroom Chaos
A documentary featuring footage secretely filmed by a teacher, who after an abscence of 3o years, was so shocked by the classroom chaos on her
return to the profession that she decided to capture it on camera.
Classroom Chaos (Documentary)
Time - 20:00 - 21:00 (1 hour long)
When - Wednesday 27th April on five
Daring undercover investigative documentary featuring footage secretly filmed in a random selection of schools. Ex-teacher Sylvia Thomas (pseudonym)
was so shocked at what she found after returning to teaching after a 30-year absence that she collected snapshots of disruption even in schools
praised by Ofsted. Other full-time teachers confirm that this is normal.
I have a 14 year old daughter who is currently two years ahead in some of her subjects. During the recent appointments at the school her mother and I
have been appologised to a number of times for the disruption she has to endure during classes. It is a disgusting position for the teachers to be
- I would not do it. I have been told several times that I would make a great teacher, I gladly help my daugher in many subjects homework with
such advice that she in turn has relayed to her friends who now come to her for help.
But despite that it is, I believe, the most admirable of professions [I am serious too - a profession incidentally that society places far too little
appreciation on in my opinion. After all what greater legacy can one leave than they enhance the prospects of the coming generation(s)]. As things
stand though there is no way
I would go into teaching. Why should I? I wouldn't think I have the required patience to reply kindly to
a childs threats to my person while I try to help them. Rather I think they would just be out of the class, even should I have to remove them bodily,
do not forget that we are not talking about 'problem children' but general students, such behaviour is not
an uncommon occurance.
I am very grateful to my daughters teachers for managing to educate her to the advanced standard she is at currently, but such behaviour is
increasing. This brings me on to another subject I was talking about the other day, which is that of grammar schools.
Now, should you watch the aforementioned programme, read my comments or be personally aware of the situation you will see the reason why some do not
want their children educated in that atmosphere. My daughter has excelled thus far despite
the attempts of certain classmates to disrupt the
lessons. Why should she have to put up with such? Here, at this stage we are attempting to lay strong foundations for her to work from and progress
to achieve her full potential in life. Whatever that might be is up to her, but presently it consists of advancing to a good University. Why should
she have to be hindered by those who have no idea or desire to further themselves in any way, for it is
I was under the impression that the only way my daughter would be able to aviod such distracting behaviour throughout her schooling was through
private school, which frankly I cannot afford. It was only the other day that I discovered it is possible to send your child to a grammar school
through state funding. I was under the impression that the politically correct, campaigning since the '60's had managed to get them all closed
down, and frankly I am more than a little regretful that I was not aware of this until now.
I know one of the more prevalent arguments against grammar schools was that those who failed the relavent exam were 'consigned to the trash heap'
and it might well be that was
indeed the case. Those 'secondary modern' or whatever you might wish to call them have changed drastically now
from wht they were. A fair education can
be had, what was perhaps the cause of so many tentions has been eradicated. But I see no further
advantage for society for downplaying the possibilities of grammar schools. Especially when the secondary schools characteristics can be summed up by
such programmes as will be aired tonight, and classroom behaviour so appauling that the teachers themselves believe it warrents a personal apology to
the parents of those actually trying to take part in the lesson.
Is it time for grammar schools to take their position again for those who wish to actually work through their schooling and utilise their abilities?
Or should such a promising student be dragged down and forced to suffer the waste of their potential through others behaviour for the good of equality
I completely fail to see what those who battle against grammar schools are doing to remedy the current sitaution, and therefore make their postiion
Sort out the terrible situations in the UK's schools, then
no grammer schools etc. will be required. The behaviour of someones child denying
my daughter the possiblilty of achieving what she otherwise might is not social equality, rather a social constraint.
The widespread removal of grammar shcools availability is not working, it has come to a stage now where rather than continuing to increase the
standards thus realise the potential of more students generally there is now a bar upon those who might otherwise do so much better. I look forward
to seeing what this programme presents, and the response it recieves from those concerned.
PS: Remarks on the irony of me commenting on teaching of our children with incorrect punctuation will be ignored.
[edit on 27/4/05 by JAK]