The tendency of students to physically or verbally attack teachers seems to be on the rise.
The drums of violence against teachers have long been beating, but now they beat louder than ever. According to the latest polls from the Central Sindical Independiente y de Servants (CSIF), an overwhelming percentage of 90% of the teachers surveyed claim to have experienced some case of violence in the classrooms, and another 75% affirm that they have lost respect and level of authority .
Furthermore, a quarter of the interviewees assure or think that working life in the educational center is neither very pleasant nor pleasant. It is not someone else’s problem; Fathers and mothers associations are aware of the situation and demand more means to combat violence in the classrooms. The problem could be in the new forms of socialization and in a bad use of Internet.
Violence according to the Independent Central Trade Union of Officials
With a sample of 3,000 teachers interviewed, the result of this study has raised alarms both in the media and in the Ministry of Education itself. Despite the fact that schools are created with the objective of educating, it seems that non-violence, one of the fundamental principles to socialize and participate in any culture, loses its presence in the classroom. Physical or verbal violence seems to be present in the work of most of the teachers.
As if that weren’t enough, other indicators in the study show more signs of the effects of violence in the classroom. The numbers are as follows: 55% of teachers say that there is a lot of violence in the classroom, 28% think that the relationship with parents is bad or very bad, and another 20% of those surveyed admit to having a poor relationship with your students. It is certainly to be concerned if the trend is not reversed.
The CSIF presented the study a little over a week ago, and its presenter, Mario Gutiérrez, opened the session by openly acknowledging the seriousness of the situation: “it is tremendously worrying.” The study is blunt: if this violence by children is not corrected, it will become violence by adults. It is no longer a question of respecting the teacher, but of oneself and others.
The authors of the study point to possible causes of this phenomenon: the lack of authority of the teacher (undoubtedly the most relevant), the access that students have to any type of violent content through the Internet and the little recognition that teachers have by society.
Not so long ago, the teacher was the second most important figure for young people, after parents. The education that the children received was complemented by the school. That chain of transmission of socializing values, Gutiérrez assures, has been interrupted.
The unions warn of this latent lack of authority, since in many cases the teachers claim not to be in control of the situation and feel humiliated by the student himself even when he is very young. It is particularly noteworthy that some teachers claim to be unable to dismiss the student from class when he behaves inappropriately. The teachers claim the lack of support from their superiors, the competent authorities but, above all, from their parents when they meet with them. “Most do not accept criticism of their children,” explained a teacher in the presentation of the results of the study.
Another classic of our times could not miss the appointment: social networks. The creators of the study affirm that very young students, between 12 and 16 years old, provoke situations of bullying and bullying at extreme levels. The union points to the malpractice by parents of giving away mobile devices in communions. “They don’t know how to handle egos and they lose respect for their peers 24 hours a day.” From this perspective, social networks such as Instagram promote constant competition for influence over others, with violence being one more way to earn that precious respect.
Apart from the recent CSIF study, there are other reports on the action and prevention of violence in the classroom that recommend some measures to stop this wave of abuse of teachers. And it is that the situation requires it, according to the most pessimistic points of view. The association of El Ombudsman of the Teacher assured that the threats and aggressions against the educators on the part of the students has multiplied by five in the last years.
For this reason, the CSIF has proposed a series of measures that demand urgent implementation, such as making a State pact so that public schools have a psychological support department for this type of incident, or implementing a school coexistence plan updated. In the short term, more training is required for teachers to be able to combat the harmful influence of the misuse of new technologies, such as WhatsApp or Facebook.