Snowflake parents ‘afraid’ of their children – Head demands kids taught manners

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Barry Smith, known for dishing out over 80 detentions per day and calling children “detainees”, also slammed parents for not doing “what they should be”. The controversial disciplinarian, now the Regional Director at Community Schools Trust in London, urged that it’s up to parents to teach children “common courtesy” so teachers aren’t confronted with their bad behaviour.

Giving some credit to parents that do control their children, he stated that ultimately, schools suffer as a result of poor manners: “When you don’t support the school, you don’t support your child in many cases.”

Last year in February Hackney New School in inner-city East London hired the controversial head, who had issued more than 7,500 detentions since the start of the last school year.

On one day last year, more than 150 pupils were given detentions – half the school.

Teachers at the secondary had complained that discipline became excessive and that they were encouraged to keep children behind for minor infringements such as not smiling or shuffling as they walk.

Mr Smith added: ‘I think we bend over backwards to accommodate children and I think instead of accommodating this behaviour we need to promote good behaviour.”

“We live in a society that thinks stricter is negative. Teachers are abused on a daily basis. Often adults are afraid of children,” he added.

The headteacher also said he believes we need to be more “active” in instilling manners in children, whom he thinks will often act out in order to fit in.

Mr Smith explained that pupils hardly reply to him when he greets them with “good morning” and will argue with educators “over very reasonable requests”.

Adolescent psychologist and parenting teenagers expert Angela Karanja said that there is a way to discipline children which empowers them.

“There is discipline that seeks to connect. In earlier generations we were so strict,” said the expert.

“So many of us talk about the trauma that we went through. And in doing that, we let it a little bit loose for our kids,” continued Ms Karanja.

She added that tactics like detentions need to come from a productive place and be “linked directly to the problem.”

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Mr Smith was labelled the country’s toughest headteacher in 2017 for his methods of teaching at a school in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Parents there criticised his “army-like policies”, which included pupils being warned they would be given buckets in class if they needed to be sick.

Last month he Tweeted: “I became a teacher at 29. I was shocked how surveys were in vogue. Find out what kids like doing.”

“Find out how they like to learn. That was 24 years ago. As a kid myself, I was often lazy. My teachers weren’t always great. But my lack of effort was really down to me.”

He added: “Whether it’s swinging on chairs/doodling/tapping pens/toilet requests/claims of feeling ill/tantrums, invariably attempts at work avoidance.”

“We used to recognise that as a matter of course. Today there seems to be less recognition that children frequently try to avoid work.”

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