Teachers’ Union slams violent games
The Cambridge University study, produced for the National Union of Teachers (NUT), found poor standards of behaviour was one of the biggest causes of stress and extra work for school staff.
“Indulgent parents are struggling in a commercialised world to deal with poor behaviour on the part of their children and that spills over into schools” – Steve Sinnott
This represented a “noticeable change in the climate of schooling” over the past six years, the study said.
NUT general secretary Steve Sinnott said: “Parents seem to be trying to cope by over-indulging their youngsters,” he said.
“Indulgent parents are struggling in a commercialised world to deal with poor behaviour on the part of their children and that spills over into schools, making it more difficult for teachers to cope with youngsters.”
Mr Sinnott also condemned violent computer games for encouraging pupils to kill “pimps and prostitutes”.
The research, led by Professor John MacBeath, from the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education, said primary teachers were increasingly adopting secondary-school style approaches to discipline.
“Teachers claimed that pupils, even in the early years of primary education, were reluctant to follow instructions and that a minority could be extremely confrontational, used foul language and could even be physically aggressive,” it said.