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Bullying in Schools? Smile,You’re on Camera

Posted on: November 9, 2010

The SA Government is being pushed to install CCTV in schools to deal with the bullying but it will make little difference to the reality of school life that finds ways and means without being seen or the chorus,”It wasn’t any of us”

An objectionable little prick stealing pencils in the class in my school in 1937 was taken behind the toilets and thumped, while the duty teacher was supervising the yard – that’s where they will have to put the cameras, Sorry to tell them kids, really I am.

The Parents Associations should be the ones to determine the necessity not some desk bound bureaucrat at a computer. Yet here is another chance for community values to be part of the primary years of the education system before a teen mindset.

What is the use of the Three R’s when Respect, the fourth one, is missing? Respect is the smoother of interpersonal relationships for a lifetime. Over 4000 children dealt with by the Childrens Court in SA last year and the arrogant contempt of a Court Order by FamilesSA, “that rotten culture of power” merely reinforces the need to educate children for community values and to set examples for them to be acceptable to the society in which they live and the time when they will have children of their own.

It begins at an early age. But does the Teaching Degree at a University recognize it? or are we content to teach the Three R’s to a large proportion of those who become educated thugs. A 10 yr old boy held up the bus driver with a knife and girls at a Northern Adelaide school shown on a phone camera beating each other up while the mob cheered them on.

To view latest Editorial story and comments online go to: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/editorial-revealing-the-value-would-be-fair-trade/story-e6freabl-1225949611459


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