A rather disconcerting video has been making waves for all the wrong reasons in South Africa. A rude, provocative scholar insisted on using her mobile whilst lessons were in progress. As a result, the teacher’s request that the pupil leave the class was denied. Words were exchanged and the teacher, at wits end, slapped the scholar. Sadly, this has opened up a can of worms, one of it racism. The video went viral, the student plays at being the victim and unsurprisingly, this has not augured well for the teacher.
Had that been my child, she would have been slapped across the other cheek. On that note, I will maintain that all are respectfully and righteously entitled to their own opinions and manner of raising their children.
“Spare the rod and spoil the child”, a phrase coined by 17th Century Poet, Samuel Butler, most probably inspired from the Bible verse in Proverbs 13:24, “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them”.
What is to be? Spare the rod and spoil the child? That is what the law has decreed and the consequences have become weighty. I know of parents who dread the school holidays and are desperate for school to commence. Why? Tough looking after children (probably because the foundation has been somewhat shaky). Put those children under the tutelage of over-worked and under-paid teachers who are battling to manage too many children in one class and there are bound to be issues. In South Africa, one classroom can house up to 52 students. How is a teacher expected to cope that many when parents are unable to cope with a couple of their own children?
This business of emotional blackmailing of hard-working parents whose poor attempt of keeping the peace is waving a wad of cash at them and out of their parents hair, is unacceptable. Children are intelligent, are able to read us well and deserve credit. In saying NO sometimes to our children, we are instilling in them values and allowing them to inculcate respect for themselves, parents and humanity.
Favour and defend your child now? Someday, a lawyer will be needed to defend your child. No point in worrying about leaving a better planet for the children; we need to leave better children for the planet.
Mother of two here, old school raised and thankfully not a teacher… It takes a very special somebody to take on a profession like that.
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