Thursday, July 7, 2011

Where is Supernanny when you need her?


When people ask me how my holidays are going, I have to explain that I am not technically on holidays yet. Don't get me wrong. Teachers' holidays are brilliant. But if you need a day off for a wedding, funeral of a non-relative or just a mental health day, then there is no flexibility. So we do a professional development course during the first or last week of our holidays. This means that we pay to give up five days of our holidays so that we can get three days off during the academic year. Hence the reason why I am still hauling my sorry ass out of bed at an ungodly hour and driving to Navan Education Centre to do a computer course.
One big advantage of it, is that I get to meet teachers from all over the place and we can share our experiences.
The topic at lunchtime today was the increase in behavioural problems and the rise in the number of children who have been diagnosed with ADHD, ADD and many other acromyns.I dared express the view that some of these cases are the result of poor discipline at home and not a genuine condition. These children would benefit more from a dose of Supernanny rather than Ritalin. With the reduced resources and increased numbers in our classrooms, the genuine cases are being lost in this deluge, and so not being dealt with effectively.
Many parents want their child to be diagonsed with something so that it has a label and its no one's fault.
Well I have a title for such a disorder.
It's Behavioural Resistance Against Teacher or B.R.A.T for short!
And every teacher agreed with me that they had at least one pupil in their classroom suffering from such a condition!

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