UK Teachers Blame Parents for Bratty Kids

Pupils poor at behaving, good at manipulating adults
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2008 3:50 PM CDT
UK Teachers Blame Parents for Bratty Kids
Teachers found some kids were starting school unable to talk, use a knife and fork, or even use a toilet properly.   ((c) wheany)

UK teachers complain that classrooms are getting tougher to control because kids throw more tantrums—and parents are to blame, the Daily Telegraph reports. A Cambridge University study says that parents are letting children indulge in video games, junk food, and TV. "Teachers described highly permissive parents who admitted to indulging their children, often for the sake of peace or simply because they had run out of alternative incentives or sanctions," the report said.

The study blames a "small but significant" number of parents for completely failing to control their children. Teachers found elementary school pupils who were unable to talk properly or use a knife and fork, although some had picked up another skill: "By the time they had come to school many children had become expert in manipulating adults," the study said. "Motivating them had become more difficult." (Read more education stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.