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Media assignment. Based on “Bad Parents? Expel kids” by Joel Wolchover, Daily Express, Saturday June 8, 2002

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Mark Brown 6023 The Ferrers School 27112 Word count 1006 Media assignment. Based on "Bad Parents? Expel kids" by Joel Wolchover, Daily Express, Saturday June 8, 2002. The article 'Bad parents? Expel kids' has three underlying psychological assumptions or issues. The first is that teachers are applying for new rules to allow them to expel pupils who have badly behaved parents; 'Head teachers...demanded new laws to allow them to expel pupils whose parents are violent or abusive towards staff' The teachers are wanting to do this as they believe that if the parents show abusive behaviour, their children will show similar behaviour as parents are seen as role models. This links with Bandura et al's 'Bashing Bobo' study, where they showed how children's behaviour changes to how they see adults conduct themselves. Also in the article is the view that teaching boards should be able to do everything in their powers to parents who neglect their children; 'Education authorities are failing to use their power...to tackle "feckless" parents' Feckless parents refer to those who let their children do whatever they want to. ...read more.


Therefore the children will see the behaviour of their parents and believe this to be the way to act. In 1938 a behaviourist called Skinner carried out a study on rats where he showed how the rat's behaviour could be shaped until it learned what was required. This study supplies the psychological evidence behind the second assumption in the newspaper article. Skinner created a habitat for rats which included a lever in its cage. To start with if the rat got close to the lever food would come out of a hatch. This process progressed until the rats actually had to push the lever to receive the food. When this was learnt, the rat did not actually think consciously what it was doing, it just did it when it wanted food. This relates to the article as if these 'feckless parents' persist in not making their children go to school then their behaviour will be shaped as they will view this behaviour to be correct. ...read more.


These sessions will tell them that they need to make their children go to school as they will be rewarded in the long run. This would be because their children may get better jobs and therefore the parents will be proud and may benefit financially. The shaping of the parents' behaviour will then be seen by the children and their views towards school will also change. Also the parents may encourage their children to go to school, they will do this as they will both ultimately benefit. Based on the third issue within the article I would suggest that the parents whose relationships with schools have broken down should be sent a very formal letter inviting them in for a talk. During this talk they should be shown how difficult it is to teach pupils whose parents have no respect for them. They should be told that the pupils also believe that teachers deserve no respect. If a normal relationship can be made then the students may look at this and also change their relationship with their teachers. ...read more.

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