Lashley concerned about youth indiscipline

Parents and guardians have been given a stern warning to return to tried and tested social values in order to alleviate the growing problem of deviant behaviour among students.

The warning came from Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Stephen Lashley, in response to the recent upsurge in violence in schools.

He said parents and guardians needed to play their role in implementing rules and ensuring their children have some sort of spiritual upbringing.

“The issue of deviance must be confronted from the village,” Lashley said.

“I believe that we often put our finger on the end result of the problem without recognizing that a movement away from some of the traditional values in Barbados [is] what really is resulting in the chaotic challenges that we have in schools.”

The minister added that students who are misbehave at school also witness deviant behaviour in their communities and their homes.

“They are experiencing a disconnect where many of their parents are not ensuring that their children attend some spiritual environments such as church on Sundays.”

Lashley stressed that parents should not leave discipline up to the teachers.

“I think what we have seen over the years is an abandonment of that critical parental responsibility. That is important because the reinforcement must start within the homes.  I think we have to revisit the partnership that is critical for instilling discipline within the schools. You have to have a zero tolerance approach to it,” he said.

There have been calls for the expulsion of an Ellerslie School student accused of attacking a teacher, however Lashley said he believes a fair approach is needed before any action is taken

“I am very concerned about the violence in schools at present. I think anyone would be concerned. The minister has articulated a strategy I would support,” Lashley said.

34 Responses to Lashley concerned about youth indiscipline

  1. Denise L Silcott
    Denise L Silcott April 30, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Can’t help thinking that everybody of “importance” is concerned and say so but that is as far as it seems to go. Now the teachers who bear the brunt of these forms of deviant behaviour on a daily basis much of the society is totally up in arms with them because they say too much is too much among other things. What an absolute bunch of confusion. And while more commentary is being added and more voices chirp, the deviant behaviour continues and the teacher bashing continues. Big long dutty stupse!! Come on now!!! Stakeholder MUST find common ground and those with the power to affect policy directives need to realise that teachers concerns are valid and that they too are voters.

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  2. Denise L Silcott
    Denise L Silcott April 30, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Can’t help thinking that everybody of “importance” is concerned and say so but that is as far as it seems to go. Now the teachers who bear the brunt of these forms of deviant behaviour on a daily basis are taking a stance much of the society is totally up in arms with them because they say too much is too much among other things. What an absolute bunch of confusion. And while more commentary is being added and more voices chirp, the deviant behaviour continues and the teacher bashing continues. Big long dutty stupse!! Come on now!!! Stakeholder MUST find common ground and those with the power to affect policy directives need to realise that teachers concerns are valid and that they too are voters.

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  3. Kay Critchlow
    Kay Critchlow April 30, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I pity the teachers in Barbados ! They need some help for sure

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  4. Ras Unjay
    Ras Unjay April 30, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    .your words are true,thats what adults like to do ,play holy,talk holy but watch wunna actions,ah politician wah wunna is de head people that want jesus,

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    • Kay Critchlow
      Kay Critchlow April 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      I have never played no games with words in my life I talk as I see .

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    • Ras Unjay
      Ras Unjay April 30, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      not you sis i mean de politician,

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    • Kay Critchlow
      Kay Critchlow April 30, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Ras Unjay yes I understand that just saying I say what I see they say what makes their pockets better off , in schools the teacher need rule I feel so sick that kids are able to be so disrespectful and parents and the stupid churches blaming the teachers ! What kind of ministry they running

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    • Ras Unjay
      Ras Unjay April 30, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      sis truly i really sorry for de teachers,i only give them a lil trouble because not one would admit that one or two lil strange,lolol

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    • Ras Unjay
      Ras Unjay April 30, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Kay Critchlow true sis,i agree,

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  5. Ras Unjay
    Ras Unjay April 30, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    de world corrupt every body corrupt,lolol,

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  6. Damian Hinkson
    Damian Hinkson April 30, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    if you have any young children close to you ask them what they think about this!!

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    • Denise L Silcott
      Denise L Silcott April 30, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      My 13 year old son feels that the students who tend to act up have parents who have a more “hands off” approach to disciplining their children at home and in many ways empower their children to behave badly. He said that this was true of some parents and not all. I asked and that was his answer and he is a 2nd form student who can have his moments of trying his boundaries but whether he is upset or not he know exactly what isn’t going to be tolerated.

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    • Damian Hinkson
      Damian Hinkson April 30, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      you asked about bad or angry teachers?

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    • Roslyn Clarke
      Roslyn Clarke April 30, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Damian Hinkson – you are the biggest jackass on this blog – I would like for you to describe a bad or angry teacher?

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    • Denise L Silcott
      Denise L Silcott April 30, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Ummmm, you asked what young children thought about this. He read the article and gave me a comment. If I were to get you to chat with him I am certain he would be able to eloquently answer ALL of your questions. Afterall, he lives with a parent who also happens to be a teacher and one who loves her students and does above and beyond but who is very strict on where boundaries end! Sooooo ……

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    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria April 30, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Sounds like Damian wants the children to bad mouth teachers to prove his point and not go give an honest reply.

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    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria April 30, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      I asked my 13 year old and she says that it is because of how the children are being raised. She says that the children are copying the bad behavior of the badly raised children so they could fit in, because sometimes if you are to goody goody or too quiet, the other children pick on you..
      I asked her if she believes the teachers are the reason the children get on the way they do, or if she has noticed any teachers abusing children at her school. She says not really and that the children interact more with each other than the teachers, anyhow, because there are so many different teachers teaching different things, so the children are the ones who are the bigger influence of each other’s behavior.

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    • Denise L Silcott
      Denise L Silcott April 30, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      And that is the end of that!!! Out of the mouth of a child!

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    • Sonia Bragg
      Sonia Bragg April 30, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      He ain’t want to hear that. .he wants the children to say that the teachers always angry and abusive mentally and physically. .cos don’t forget it’s the teachers that are at fault. I would like to tell him some of the things that some of the children at the same primary school as my daughter do and say…but he would say that it’s the teachers fault for teaching irrelevant topics…..stupes

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  7. Damian Hinkson
    Damian Hinkson April 30, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    its funny if teachers were so good then the current parents would have respect for them after all parents were teachers too.

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    • Roslyn Clarke
      Roslyn Clarke April 30, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Damian – you are just all over the place with your comments! A few days ago you said parents weren’t train to teach. Man STFU and go get a degree and become a teacher!

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    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria April 30, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Dwl

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    • Sonia Bragg
      Sonia Bragg April 30, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Lol. .

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    • Baj Beau
      Baj Beau April 30, 2016 at 11:31 pm
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    • Damian Hinkson
      Damian Hinkson May 1, 2016 at 12:49 am

      cussing with no point is just showing how little you have up top.

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  8. Damian Hinkson
    Damian Hinkson April 30, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Barbados today can do more we need some stats, some numbers, how much altercations with teachers for the year? male or females? how much complaints for teachers? how much expelled? you people realise that we arguing feelings right?

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    • Sonia Bragg
      Sonia Bragg April 30, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      And how many teachers go above and beyond for these same disrespectful children

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    • Damian Hinkson
      Damian Hinkson May 1, 2016 at 12:48 am

      all of that too! we need more info.

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  9. greta morris April 30, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    the parents need to be held accountable by being sent on remand then put the other children under supervision by the child care
    board in one of the homes , until the parents go to school for three months. having be en taught propper manners themselves and respect for authority, i am sure barbados disrespectful children and pa rents will change fast and they will say i am not getting lock up for them. so you will see how fast they train their children. and get alittle more education for themselves. but you know what we have to wait until America does it and then the Gov will copy it.

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  10. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha April 30, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Finally …..let’s put the cheese on the cracker

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  11. lester April 30, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    This issue is a two way street, one street of course starts at home. As a parent of 4 i am quite aware of the challenges that parents face when it comes to nourishing up children, the variables are many but the task remain the same we the parents are to be resilient in training our children, whether single, divorced, married etc the buck stops at us, teachers are an extension to work with what is coming out of these homes and sad to say but true it is total folly not that teachers are virgin mary but the parents need to take full responsibility. There has to be a convivial relationship between parents and children

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  12. Louise King
    Louise King April 30, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Agreed ; Parents teach ur children good values trust me ur child behaviour at school is Ur responsibility–I mean ur child good behaviour and bad behaviour is all ur doing —

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  13. NKTG May 1, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Yes good discipline and values start at home. How can some of these parents pass on this to their offspring if they themselves lack good discipline and values. Living in a society were children are raising children in some instances. Maybe we should put some programme in place to see how fit these individuals would be to raising children or to teach then the fundamentals of parenting in relation to early children. May be this would be a start to help decrease some of the indiscipline in the schools.

    To some extent teachers need to hold some of the blame. Teachers aren’t like the ones pass. School these days seems more like a fashion show amongst the teachers. Teachers having their tattoos expose and then it’s like ‘do as I say not as I do’.Teachers have sooooo much influence over this young minds I wonder how many of them realize it. Teachers readjust your approach and treat each student for the individual that they are. We need to find common ground and everyone take your share of the blame and add to the mix your share of the solution to solve the problems.

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