- Violence in
- With the
lack of respect and problems in our community from youth Miranda Schunke
took a look at national statistics and information about the
educational environment and reveals some interesting
- Bullying in the playground is a problem for many schools today, but the abuse
of teachers by parents is a ever growing concern. Physical and verbal attacks
are on the increase and it is said to be driving teachers out of the
Many teachers are said to be experiencing the abuse on a frequent basis,
ranging from insults to actual physical harm. A scenario often encountered
by many teachers is one where a child is told off in class and his or her
parent has come in to class to object. New research undertaken by justforteachers.co.uk has revealed some alarming
statistics. The research has revealed that the problem is a national
issue. Nearly one in 20 of Britain's teachers admit to having been
physically attacked by an irate parent. The survey also showed that nearly
half, 47 percent, of the UK's teachers have had their authority undermined
by an interfering parent.
- Seemly, parents are causing more problems than their errant offspring
- as 93 per cent said parents are harder to control than their pupils. A number of
parents, the survey noted, was that parents often look for a scapegoat when
their child does not meet the grade, many teachers being openly
criticized as a result. It has been explained by parents simply having unrealistic
expectations for their children in the academic arena.
However, many teachers have admitted suffering in silence without taking the
issue further. But this is not always the case, many teachers defending
their position in light of the many highly strung mums and dads.
As Henny Fordham, editor of justforteachers.co.uk, said,
"Teachers have to cope with a number of different stresses throughout their working lives and
many teachers are not trained to deal with problem parents."
- There needs to be a solution to deal with
parents who are taking the law into their hands in some instances before something serious happens.
What do you think?
- Have you been a victim of parental abuse?
- Is there a lack of communication between schools and parents?
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Article by Miranda Schunke
with thanks to justforteachers.co.uk
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