Rising violence in schools ‘due to lax discipline’

NZ Herald July 29, 2007
The removal of corporal punishment in schools has been highlighted as a root cause of the rise in violence against teachers. A New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) survey has found one in seven primary school teachers were hit by their pupils last year. The study also found more than 50 per cent of teachers and more than 25 per cent of school support staff reported “aggressive verbal confrontations” with pupils.Bob McCoskrie, national director of conservative family lobby group Family First, said a Justice Ministry report late last year showed serious youth violence had increased by 27 per cent since 1996. “All of these young people have entered a system of education and society where discipline and responsibility are being replaced by the politically correct nonsense of childrens’ rights,” said says Mr McCoskrie. “It is significant that as schools have removed corporal punishment, schools have become more dangerous. School yard bullying by pupils on other pupils and staff is now the new form of ‘corporal punishment’ in schools. He said behaviour of pupils would will continue to deteriorate for “as long as we tell them that their rights are more important than their responsibilities.”

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