How would you feel if your child’s school published a note confirming they’d only be teaching academics, not manners. Normal right?
Well, check out this Portuguese school note shared to all parents. You can see why it quickly went viral.
The authenticity of the post, which has since gone viral, is still up for debate. But, whether it’s actually real or not doesn’t seem to matter for some mums. It’s the message behind the poster, and not the school that may (or may not) have hung it up.
It’s not like this is the first time that someone said, “Hey, kids need to learn some things at home” or thought that schools are so strapped for time that they need to focus on the academics – and not absolutely everything else.
This announcement brings up the idea of what schools’ responsibilities really are. Obviously, they’re responsible for teaching your children. But, what should they teach them? There are the academics. Those are a given. What kind of school would slack off and stop teaching reading, writing, math, science and all of the other academics? Then there are the not-so-academic aspects of school.
Your child needs to respect her friends, her teachers and other school staff. Right? She needs to say please and thank you. And, she needs to keep herself (and her school-things) clean and well organised. So, who has the responsibility to teach your child how to do these things? That’s exactly what this letter, poster, post or whatever you want to call it points out.
Some mums (and dads) feel like schools need to help their kiddos learn social skills and work on their behaviours. At the same time, other parents think that schools need to stick to what school are supposed to do – teach academics. With shrinking school budgets and over-worked teachers, it’s no wonder that the school’s role in a child’s life is under a microscope. After all, who’s going to pay for the extra time that the teacher needs to help the children to learn about saying, “Thank you”?