'Teach anger management in schools' - Archbishop Martin.
There is reportedly a growing knife culture creeping in among our teenagers with many of them said to be carrying knives for protection and because it's cool.
Also there is a growing problem of respect and lack of control out there with teenagers and even younger children seemingly becoming increasingly difficult to manage and deal with.
Archbishop Martin today said that this is a problem that schools must address.
Is it the responsibility of schools to teach self control?
Is the current situation the result of poor parenting, lack of government investment, having to deal with celtic tiger babies or are schools neglecting their duties towards their students?
IMO Archbishop Martin is completely wrong. It's not the duty of schools to teacher manners, respect or self control.
This is something that should be shown at home. Schools have enough to deal with as regards overcrowding, lack of investment, staffing numbers, legalities blocking them from dealing with disruptive students and industrial disputes.
Is this a growing problem among our young or will it be alright with out a proper plan to deal with it?
Seriously for a supposed Prince of the Church he is again being an utter worlding; why anger management and not the Wrath of Almighty God?
The warrior spirit in boys given the nature of this fallen world is something that should be nurtured though in a controlled fashion, i.e. channelling into sports like boxing, fencing, karate and hurling.
I fundamentally disagree with this proposal. It seems that parents in increasing numbers have utterly abdicated any responsibility for raising their children.
Schools and teachers are there to teach not parent, if a parent refuses to raise their own children they should be made responsible for their failure.
This is not exclusive to the lumpen proletariat either. I knew a person that worked in a full service (the even brought kids to dentist and doctors appointments) upscale nursery in a posh part of Dublin, kids would be returned to the nursery in the morning in the same filthy nappy they left in by parents without the time or inclination to bother with parenting.
The responsibility and blame for children raised with no moral code, sense of right or wrong and present a danger to others needs to fall where it belongs, and so does the punishment.
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