The letters below have been sent to Tyburn Mail; the second of them has also been sent, by the writer of the letter, to the Birmingham Mail for their consideration.
Tyburn Mail does not comment on the views expressed within letters, and would normally wait until print before publication. But the issues dealt with in these letters are urgent, and may well be out of date by the time of our next print edition. Hence the decision to publish them online.
First of all l do not normally write to newspapers, but l felt l had to this time to say l fully back the teachers who are striking because of the bad behaviour of some of the children at the school. l was always told by my dad that when he left me at the school gate that the teachers’ rules were law and if you misbehave and got told off you must have done something wrong. He also said do not come home and complain to him, because you should know right from wrong, so come on you students get your act together and behave yourselves. It is hard enough being a teacher without you misbehaving.
l do also believe it is down to the parents to bring their children up to RESPECT the teachers, you are there to learn not to play around.
To whom it may concern,
I have a daughter who attends Castle Vale School who like many other pupils has been affected by recent school strikes. Another strike is planned for this Thursday 29/03/2012. This strike ( if it goes ahead ) needs to be covered by the media correctly as the past couple of strikes the pupils have been made out that they are all badly behaved children in various media coverage ( media says they are violent, knive carriers and hard to control children, totally untrue ! ). Maybe if the media was to speak to pupils, non striking teachers, their concerned parents and the Castle Vale community as a whole, they would realise that the lies that the union is telling the media are untrue ! I can tell you also that a majority of parents are 100% behind head Mr Clive Owen in running the school, and are thankful the way he has transformed the school over 5+ years he has been the head teacher. His sucess at the school has also improved the community spirit that now embraces the school that he has transformed from a under achieving school to one that is progressing greatly that parents are happy to send their pupils to. Something that disturbs me most is the behaviour of some teaching methods of some of these so called troubled striking teachers eg like being called by their first names in lessons ,speaking and acting like they are pupils they are teaching , their “ask three before me” rule (they like pupils to ask three other pupils before they ask the teacher if they are stuck in lessons ) and to turn a blind eye to pupils who are using their mobiles phones in lesson just because they don’t want confrontation ( seems like teachers are ill disciplined to teach and are not strong enough to be secondary school teachers at all !). Something I would also like to point out is that the school day is from 0845 until 1505 and if the teachers are 100% behind striking and the union is 100% profesional they would strike until the school day has finished and not just until the media coverage has gone away !
One upset parent.