The law now states that these kids have to stay in education until they are 18, great if they want to be here, but 75% don't, they just want to be with their mates or girl/boyfriends which means they fuck about all day causing disruptions within the classroom. Gone are the days when we can beat the little buggers with sticks or a plimsole (trainer for those under 40 years of age), believe me when I say some of them really need it, but most of the staff now are below the age of 30 so they have a very different outlook on the way they deal with students, you always have to assume that if they are playing up that there is a problem at home or smoother domestic problem, or if they are threatening to blow the building up, they have been radicalised in some way? Respect for teachers, Police and other authoritative figures no longer exists anymore, and the reason being is that we can't tell them off or reprimand them in any way, so they know they can do what the hell they want without any recourse.
It starts early, mainly in secondary schools where again teachers hands are tied and the kids know it, I had a 14/15/16 year old a while back in the street kicking a young girl around, I approached him, told him to stop and back away, his first words to me were, 'Fuck Off' so I got between him and the young girl and told him to back away while I helped the girl to her feet, he tried to push me aside but he fell over my rising right foot and crashed to the floor, he then said, 'You can't touch me or stop me from doing what I want, I will call the police and have you arrested for assault', good I said phone the police lets get it sorted, he then backed off and walked away swearing at me. 2 things about the incident that worried me was why those adults standing around looking did nothing, and why had no one called the police? I felt liked whacking the little shit around the head, but I can't because he is right, I would have been arrested myself, I could have made a citizens arrest? but apparently there is no such thing so again I would have been arrested for assault or wrongful imprisonment, restraining someone within "reasonable limits" is also risky, whats a reasonable limit?
Anyway, back to the beginning, enrolments, it's a stressful time for us (teachers) and students alike, college starts full tilt on Mondays so today is choca with students wanting to enrol, I have another 10 minutes left before I start the second session . I think that this kids should have a choice to leave at 16 if they want and they have a job to go to, I know that the age was raised to drop employment figures, but surely if a 16 year old want's to work and can find employment then we should let them go.
Nuff said for today.