When my tall, laid back (read “idle”), 15 year old son comes in from school each day, the conversation generally takes this pattern:-
Me: “How was school today?” 🙂
Him: “Boring”. 😐
Me: “Do anything interesting?” 🙂
Him: “Nope” 😐 as he disappears into his bedroom to change in preparation for adopting the lounging position in front of the XBox on the sitting room floor.
Me: “Much homework?” 😉
Him: “Nope”. 😐
End of conversation. I’m sure I’ve reported on this before – sorry to bore you!
Yesterday, however, was different. He suddenly launched into a diatribe about one of his classes, a double period, which was disrupted by bad behaviour from a small group of boys. The whole class had ended up not doing anything other than copy out of a text book. Apparently this is a regular event.
Now, I know my eldest is no angel. I know he can be irritatingly cheeky when he thinks he can get away with it. I know he’ll follow the crowd but will generally back off just short of trouble. I know he’s happy to do the minimum he thinks he needs to get by. The thing is, generally he does at least do the minimum and is quite conscientious about that. But it is highly unusual for him to complain about not being able to do any real work in a class. 😯
I know from all the anecdotes and media coverage that it’s common, if not normal, for groups of pupils to disrupt learning in schools everywhere. Perhaps most readers will sigh and roll their eyes and say “Well what do you think goes on in schools? We’re not in the 1950s anymore”. 🙄 But I have to say that this is our first experience of this.
So my question is: what do I do? Should I just ignore it and hope it goes away? Speak to the teacher? Speak to the Guidance teacher? The headteacher? Advice, please. 😕