Remember that line from the Pink Floyd song “Another Brick in The Wall”?
It’s exam time in most schools. I see the learners in my classes and I wonder….
What happened between when I was in school and now? Where did we go wrong? I’m not being negative. Today’s children want everything handed to them on a silver platter. From mommy going more than the extra mile to get their swimwear or cricket gear to school when they have forgotten it, to wanting “payment” for doing well in an exam!
Somewhere our children have missed that lesson on responsibility and taking pride in yourself. It is as if Pink Floyd’s song have come true. Children don’t want to be educated anymore. They want the teacher to leave them alone. And our laws are giving them more rights everyday, who don’t know what to do with it, or the responsibility to handle it.
Those of us in teaching who really take our job seriously, as a calling, are very worried. What kind of generation are we raising? How much of a difference do a handful do against the onslaught on our children by the media and parents leaving the raising of our children to teachers.
I have more questions than answers. So I will get off my soapbox now.