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Blair seeks to curb barred pupils Jul 20

It’s getting to the point when everytime the Government opens its collective mouth I despair.

The prime minister is suggesting parents should be forced to give up work to supervise their children if they are suspended from school.

At least there is some good news for civil liberties today:

A 15-year-old boy has won a landmark High Court challenge to the legality of child curfew zones used to tackle anti-social behaviour.

3 Responses

  1. 1

    Who do you think should supervise children suspended from school then?

  2. 2

    It’s the idea that parents should be forced out of work to look after their kids that concerns me. If it’s true that disruptive children are likely to come from poorer backgrounds, increasing the financial burden on those families isn’t going to be a positive change.

    And what, anyway, is to stop parents who have difficult kids taking them down to the shopping centre themselves…? There is a problem – and it’s not one that I can produce an answer for off the top of my head – that education generally improves people and if you exclude difficult children from education and then do nothing about it, you risk giving them a one-way ticket to crimesville.

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    Parents should surely take some responsibility for their children’s behaviour, though? While this does seem a bit draconian and discriminatory, there should surely be some social incentive for parents to take responsibility.