TVNZ One News 8 May 2019
Family First Comment: No surprises. When you take discipline out of the home, you take it out of schools.
“The children aren’t to blame, this is their life, but they come to school with some frustrations or challenging behaviours, and then actually lash out or verbally speak out.”
READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/rising-rates-violence-against-teachers-survey
Threats and violence against school leaders increase, survey shows
Stuff co.nz 8 May 2019
The primary educators’ union is alarmed by the findings of a new survey which show school leaders are being subjected to increasing incidents of threatening and violent behaviour.
Worryingly, students with challenging behaviours and additional learning needs aren’t the only perpetrators – about four per cent of respondents claimed to have been physically attacked by parents.
The findings of the New Zealand Primary School Leaders’ Occupational Health and Wellbeing Survey (2016-2018) were released on Wednesday morning.
It found principals, deputies and associates were almost 12 times more likely to be subjected to physical violence compared to the rest of the general population last year – up from seven times in 2016.
Threats and actual violence have increased by 57 per cent and 70 per cent respectively over the survey period.
READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/112546604/threats-and-violence-against-school-leaders-increase-survey-shows
Southland school principal warns of ‘hidden crisis’
Stuff co.nz 9 November 2018
A Southland school principal has warned of a “hidden crisis” facing New Zealand in the form of ill disciplined children.
Edendale Primary School principal David McKenzie said an emerging group of children were entering the school system, or were already in it, who had never understood the word no.
They had little ability to manage difficult situations without resorting to tantrums or violence which disrupted others in the classroom.
Classrooms were based on the foundations of respect for each other and co-operation with each other.
“If we don’t have those two things in play by the age of five, teachers can’t do their job.
READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/108475426/southland-school-principal-warns-of-hidden-crisis