Undercover schoolteacher returned to witness the
blackboard jungle savagery of the typical school class of violence.
We might be accused of being unfair to animals in a jungle setting but what the
following article shows is that the undisciplined and ill-brought-up child is a
far more vicious adversary in the schoolroom of today.]
Monday, April 25, 2005
WHEN former teacher SYLVIA THOMAS went back to teaching
after a 30-year absence, she was so appalled by the standards of discipline and
behaviour that she has now made a TV documentary exposing the chaos she
encountered. Here she tells her story…
Violence, abuse, threats
and virtual anarchy-
that’s what this former
teacher found when
she returned to the
classroom for a secret documentary.
must read her story…
voice rang out clearly over the cacophony of noise being made by my
out-of-control class. It was a 13-year
-old boy and he was making a sexually explicit request so lewd that if he had
been a man I would have slapped him. As his teacher, of course, there was
virtually nothing I could do. And he knew it.
That was one of the worst moments I had to endure when,
last year, I returned to the classroom as a supply teacher after an absence of
Needless to say, there were plenty of others. For
instance, the boys openly attempted to access hardcore sex sites on school
computers, the pupils who routinely swore not just at each other but also at
me, and the scenes of mayhem during which desks were overturned, books torn up
and windows smashed. Not to mention the brawls that broke out in the classroom.
On one occasion I watched, powerless to intervene, as one
boy landed a Mike Tyson style punch on another’s head that knocked him almost
Yet by the end of my eight-month spell, during which I
taught in 14 secondary schools around London and in the North of England, what
shocked and worried me more than anything else were not these serious outbreaks
of violence and obscenity so much as the constant relentless battle I faced
from low-level disruption.
If you want to know what is wrong with our schools and
education system today, there is one simple answer: the lack of discipline,
which makes it virtually impossible for teachers to do their job.
The anarchic behaviour of pupils in the classroom is
something I had heard teachers today complain about, but it was only when I saw
it myself that I began to understand the severity and scale of the problem.
Bad behaviour in schools has caught hold like an epidemic
and I discovered, there is nothing that teachers-who have seen their sanctions
and powers eroded by a succession of government edicts- can do about it.
I had gone back to teaching t research changes in the
curriculum as part of my lifelong interest in Britain’s educational
system. I am an arts teacher by
training- but as a supply teacher I soon discovered I could be asked to teach
any subject: maths, geography, design and technology-you name it.
But as one exhausting day of crowd control followed
another, I soon began to realise that it made very little difference what
lesson I was supposed to be taking. They all followed the same chaotic pattern.
Back in the Seventies, I taught in state schools and kept
control of the class without needing to resort even to shouting.
But within seconds of arriving in my first classroom as a
supply teacher I realised how much times have changed.
The first discovery was that I couldn’t get the pupils to
be quiet. They had their backs to me.
The girls were putting on lip-gloss. They had mobile phones out, personal
stereos, and hand held computer games. They were talking, eating and drinking.
Despite shouting at the top of my voice, I could not get
them even to acknowledge my presence.
When eventually I did get a bit of a hush -I never achieved absolute
quiet-I asked them to take out their pens and pencils and exercise books. Up
rose the chorus: ‘Have you got a pen, Miss? Have you got a pencil, Miss?
Have you got some paper?’
At first, I thought it must be a practical joke designed
to delay doing any work for as long as possible. But when I looked in their bags I discovered that most of them
had come into the classroom without even these basic necessities. Nor was there
a supply in the school. I was
But in class after class, the problems I encountered on
the first day were the same: disruption, apathy, and rudeness.
I am by nature an assertive person but by the end of the
day I felt wrecked. I was hoarse with shouting and had lost so much confidence
I began to believe that it was my fault that I had lost my ability to teach.
I said as much to the head of department and offered not
to come back. To my amazement, he told me I was doing well and pleaded with me
to return next day. That night I sobbed my heart out.
I am passionate about education. My parents were working
class and with their support I got myself into a local grammar school. I am the
first person in my family to have gone to university and feel I have succeeded
professionally as a result of this solid education.
But if I had been a pupil in one of the classes I had to
teach over those eight months as a supply teacher, I don’t know if I’d even
made it to A-levels, never mind to become professional.
So how have we got into this terrible situation? I believe
a cocktail of things have conspired to create it. Children are more assertive and self-aware than they used to
be. In many ways it’s good to have
children who are not docile or accepting.
But the pendulum has swung far too much in their favour. They, not
the teachers are now in control- AND THEY KNOW IT.
On one occasion I asked one child, aged 11 or 12, to be
quiet. His response? A four-letter word. ‘Do not speak to me like that please,’
I demanded. His reply? Don’t talk to me like that -I have my rights, You know.
This question of ‘rights’ has become every teacher’s
nightmare. Every month several allegations of abuse are made against teachers
on the slimmest evidence or the most spurious grounds. The child’s word prevails. The teacher is automatically suspended while
the case is investigated.
I discovered that teachers are now so fearful of unjust
prosecution that they are loath even to touch the children in their care,
except in extreme circumstances, still less chastise them.
I’m not taking about corporal punishment here, simply the
sort of everyday situation that teachers have to deal with. For example, in one
school I worked at, a boy walked out on me mid-class. In the old days I would have been able to stand in his way. But
he’d already told me what his rights were, so I knew the last thing I could do
was physically to prevent him from walking out the door.
But at the same time, I also knew that if he came to any
harm outside classroom then I would be held responsible for allowing him to
In such circumstances, there is no doubt that children
understand exactly how powerful they are.
On another occasion I tried standing in the doorway using my body to
block the exit of pupils who were trying to escape. One boy started to say ‘If you touch me…’ then he changed his
sentence to say that I’d already touched him, saying: I’ll have you done for
AS a supply teacher, I was never in one place long enough
to challenge any of the parents of such children, but they must surely share
some blame for raising children who not only lack basic courtesy but believe
that such behaviour is acceptable.
Unsurprisingly, many of the teachers I met seemed to be
living at their wits’ end. All recounted the same sort of experiences I had
Teaching pupils who show little enthusiasm for learning is
hard enough, without this climate of fear and intimidation. Discipline is not
simply about punishing unruly pupils; it is about creating a culture in which
pupils can get the most out of their education. Without it, teachers struggle to perform their duties, pupils
fail to reach their potential and the whole education system is in jeopardy.
This is not just one
old-timer lamenting days gone by.
that the main problem
in schools today
is pupil behaviour?
Teachers have had so much authority chipped away that
every minute of every lesson is a battle.
They are constantly fire-fighting, not infusing their pupils with a
passion for their subject. In this
climate, is it any wonder that many of our children can barely even read or
write to an acceptable standard?
My heart goes out to those children in the classroom who
are genuinely trying to learn, and to the teachers who are desperately trying
to do their job and are placed in the front line of this mayhem.
But unless we can find a way
to address the current chaos, then we are betraying
an entire generation of
will be shown on Five on Wednesday at 8pm. Sylvia Thomas is a pseudonym.
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The abolition of Britain
by The Reform Treaty
- Second Reading-Passed by majority of 138
Veteran parliamentarian TONY BENN speaks of the
absolute necessity of a
HEAR HIM ON
So You Want Out Of The EU
THEN WHY NOT SIGN THE
RENUNCIATION of EU CITIZENSHIP
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With the signing of the Maastricht Treaty the
people of Britain were given
EUROPEAN and BRITISH
The extra tier of citizenship was thrust upon
the people without their consent -and in many cases knowledge.
The PEOPLE of GREAT BRITAIN should be allowed
the option of opting out of the EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP if they so wish. The
GOVERNMENT will then be able to provide those who have opted out with
-only such as British (not EU) passports,
driving licences and other national documents.
EU laws will also NOT APPLY to those who
HAVE OPTED OUT OF EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP
[PETITION OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER
A BLUNT REPLY TO THE
QUEEN'S SPEECH ON CHRISTMAS DAY-25th
LEGACY-AUSTRALIA-CANADA-NEW ZEALAND-WHY THEY
The Act of
Settlement of 1701-WHY IT SHOULD CONCERN
The Common Law of
ENGLAND is the LAW of
Commonwealth Realms V The Constitution for
AUSTRALIA-SUPPORT THE CROWN
WHY WE MUST BE
ALERT AND WITH OUR COMMONWEALTH PATRIOTS
MAINTAIN CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY
IF WE DESTROY OUR
RIGHT OF FREEDOM TO FIGHT A WAR ON
YOU CAN'T HAVE BOTH.
WILL THIS CHRISTMAS QUEEN'S SPEECH
LAST IN A
FREE INDEPENDENT ENGLAND -SCOTLAND AND WALES?
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN ASSURE YOU THAT YOU
HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR FROM BECOMING A
PROVINCE OF EUROPE.
THE QUEEN MAKE IT PLAIN THAT OUR FREE
INDEPENDENT NATION STATE IS SACROSANCT BUT
THAT IF THE PEOPLE WISH TO BECOME SLAVES
-THEN A REFERENDUM THERE MUST BE.
THAT NO ENGLISHMAN SHOULD BE ASKED WHETHER
HE WISHES TO BE A SLAVE OR FREE!
CHRISTMAS WE WILL FIND OUT IF OUR PROTECTOR
'Rights and Liberties'
by HER SACRED OATH
MONARCHY be nothing more than a
PARK in the future
THE TIME FOR BLUNT SPEAKING AS THE VERY
EXISTENCE OF OUR UNIQUE NATION STATE IS IN
We are told on the BBC (Brussels
Broadcasting Service) at 11.30 pm on
Saturday the 23rd December, 2007, that the
QUEEN now has a website which has footage of
the Royal Family in the past and that the
QUEEN is NOT
'Stuck in the past'
far as many patriotic subjects are concerned
we need to remain in the PAST when it
concerns the protection of our
have had and will continue to have but it
must not threaten our very WAY-OF-LIFE our
Common Law of England and all which makes
our country the most unique parliamentary
democracy in the world.
BE NO SURRENDER!
Should the Monarch fail to protect our
inherited RIGHTS and Liberties then we shall
have to fight for a REPUBLIC as
happened in the 17th century because the
Monarch of the day ignored those very
'Rights and Liberties of Englishmen' which
will still survive in the English Speaking
World today in December 2007. How can the
MOTHER of PARLIAMENTS give away what is
already our and our children's
INHERITANCE which cannot be taken away by
PARLIAMENT or the QUEEN.
If the above publicity
exercise is to be used to soften the impact to
the population of the BETRAYAL of their
CONSTITUTION and COUNTRY then it would be
the greatest TREASON by a Monarch since
James II who sold our COUNTRY to the FRENCH
for MONEY and RELIGION.
WE ASK WHAT PRICE ARE OUR RIGHTS AND
THEY ARE PRICELESS!
Choice is Yours!-but time is running out
6 months to be EXACT!
WE are to
THEY are not
WE have more to LOSE
more to GAIN
WE have been clear of dictators from EUROPE
for most of our HISTORY
been cursed with that abomination for most
of their HISTORY and NOW!
Our Queen and the EU Constitution
The Spirit of England
THE ENEMY IS EVERYWHERE
HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH THE II
We now learn
from the Daily Mail COMMENT on Christmas Eve
that the Queen's Speech will cover the
catastrophic fall in Values and Moral
behaviour since the beginning of her 56
-year reign. This has been brought about by
the actions of HER MINISTERS and the greater
number of those in HER PARLIAMENT who have
placed THEIR CONCERNS before the INTERESTS
of THE PEOPLE and NATION STATE.
the fact that HER PEOPLE feel LOST that has
been the direct result of the actions of HER
SUCCESSIVE GOVERNMENTS and the TRAITOROUS
POLITICIANS including PRIME MINISTERS who
have stealthily over the 56 years of HER
MAJESTY'S REIGN have almost achieved their
aim of ENSLAVING the PEOPLE to a FOREIGN
for the marked drop in the number viewing
THE QUEEN'S SPEECH is no doubt because the
mass of people have realised years ago that
the MONARCH is powerless to PROTECT their
WAY-OF-LIFE and events up to now have PROVED
There is a well know saying
'Nero fiddled while Rome burned'
Is it the case on
Christmas Day 2007 while the Monarch
talks our Rights and Liberties are
being taken from us under our very
Of course the QUEEN
under HER CONSTITUTIONAL ROLE can only
'Advise and Warn' HER MINISTERS but when
the matter concerns the very LIFE of an
INDEPENDENT STATE we expect that HER MAJESTY
consider the arrangement to be AT AN END as
it would make a MOCKERY of the PRIME
IMPORTANCE of the MONARCH to protect our
inherited Rights and Liberties which HER
MINISTERS are endeavouring TO GIVE
We as loyal
subjects of the MONARCH who is the living
embodiment of OUR RIGHTS and LIBERTIES
ask at this late stage with only months to
the eradication of a FREE NATION STATE some
veiled comments that HER MAJESTY will
PROTECT our RIGHTS and LIBERTIES.
As for the
MORAL tone of the NATION STATE at this most
crucial time in ENGLISH CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY this matter
should be left to CHURCH LEADERS who's
responsibility it is to CARE for their
FLOCKS particularly at this FESTIVAL of
MAJESTY'S SPEECH has not been pre-recorded
we ask HER MAJESTY to give those MILLIONS of
HER subjects some hope that their PROTECTOR
has NOT FORGOTTEN THEM.
APPEAL not be answered we can at last
confirm that the MONARCHY is after all
nothing more than a talking shop suitable
for YouTube and therefore nothing more than
Benn's comments about the despotic and
need for a
politician with INTEGRITY and love of
country who has for decades witnessed the
growth of the monstrous creature soon to be
STATES OF EUROPE.
Liberties of Parliament-
Birthright of Subjects of England.
[All words/word underlined have a
WE WISH YOU ALL A
CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY
Xmas message to you all last year we find
that our sentiments remain the same with the
added emphasise on the coming danger to YOUR
COUNTRY from those many traitors in YOUR
HOUSE of COMMONS who intend to sell YOUR
COUNTRY to a FOREIGN POWER]
We Remember The
Spirit of England-Winston Churchill-1953
were warned in 1953 to beware of wreckers of
our Constitution and Way-of- Life but it had
taken Tony Blair just 10 years to do just
THAT while everyone had their minds they
thought on more important matters. Well! in
2007 his predessessor Gordon Brown is
leading you to SLAVERY and only awaits the
final signature of the present holder of the House of Wessex the over 1000 year
PROTECTOR of our inherited
RIGHTS and LIBERTIES of ENGLISHMEN
Of the House
of Wessex since King Alfred 'the Shepherd
and Darling of England' in the annals of 893
leave it to the work of
Alfred the Great
England was saved to become the first
individual nation -state which over 1100
years later a member of that same House of
Wessex has already signed away much of those
ancient Rights and Liberties and
fundamentals of justice and Rule of Law and
only awaits a final signature to enslave her
people into a despotic undemocratic godless
police state to call itself a
within the power of Her Majesty the Queen to
refuse to ratify the New EU TREATY because
whatever lies her ministers have given her
over her long reign the TRUTH is now clear
for ALL TO SEE.
Netherlands a number of years ago their
MONARCH resigned for a day rather than sign
the Bill put before him. The New EU TREATY
is the death of a NATION STATE of over 1200
years in the making. It is the treasonable
actions of HER MINISTERS which has placed
THE QUEEN in the forefront in the protection
of the Rights and Liberties of HER SUBJECTS
as on no one else can HER PEOPLE DEPEND.
WILL THIS CHRISTMAS QUEEN'S SPEECH
BE THE LAST IN A
FREE INDEPENDENT ENGLAND -SCOTLAND AND WALES?
WARNING MESSAGE TO THE FREEDOM LOVING PEOPLE OF ENGLAND
[Author of Germany's Four Reich's]
'There'll always Be an ENGLAND'
-NOT any MORE
OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS WILL PORTRAY ITSELF
AS THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD
'Don't tell the voters-or you
will ruin everything '
"...we have to make sure
that there are no discussions taking place
in the open air"
Burghardt, a former EU ambassador to the US,
warning that details of the new EU
diplomatic service (officially to be known
as the External Action Service) should not
be discussed in public before the
ratified the NEW EU TREATY
and Ireland has held
its TREATY REFERENDUM early next summer
(source: EU Observer on 27th
The EU has also stated
that none of its institutions should rock
the boat until the English have ratified
Over the next few months
you will hear more than ever the wonderful
benefits of the EU. Whether it is Global
warming or whatever they feel shows them in
a good light and when you have swallowed the
bait you will not know what has hit you.
They intend to show how reasonable they are
and that they are there to make you happy.
If you all fall for this con-trick then you
will deserve the SLAVERY that is in store
Referendum: how Labour
could still smell of roses.
'Money to spare'
when we leave the EU in
Open Europe says:
Build 40 brand new
general hospitals each year 2007-13
- Cut council tax
by nearly 50 per cent
- Cut the
basic rate of income tax by 3p
duty by 75 per cent
total bill for the London Olympics
in less than a year
on the European Communities
(Finance) Bill on Monday 19th
A TIME FOR EUROSCEPTICS TO LEARN
FROM THE PAST-ONLY A TWO-PRONGED ATTACK CAN BRING
VICTORY AND SAVE YOUR FREEDOM -CONSTITUTION AND
[Latest Addition - June07]
Daniel Hannan - Forming an OPPOSITION
to the EU
WITH THE ONLY PARTY WITH A MANDATE
TO SET YOU
TO RECLAIM YOUR DEMOCRACY DON'T VOTE
FOR THE TRIPARTITE PARTIES IN WESTMINSTER
SMALL PARTIES THAT SPEAK THEIR MINDS
WITHOUT SPIN AND LIES.
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