inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 25 November 2020, impertinent.
The teacher accuses of slack,
The boy who’d been wrong answers back,
You’re not a grown up,
You’re nought but a pup,
But the teacher is taken aback.
Actually, not so much the prompt word, but certainly while composing my response, I was taken straight back to my own schooldays. The school I attended, they really didn’t like you to answer back. Whereas in later life we might ultimately respond with a curt “fuck you”, if a teacher accused a pupil of something, regardless of whether innocent or guilty of the offence, then the pupil was in the wrong, even for disputing the accusation.
My daughter passed through school five-or-so years ago, and I am pleased that this is one area where teaching had improved enormously. A lot of thought has obviously been given to the pastoral side of teaching, with teachers recognising that their role is more to impart knowledge than to enforce regimentation.