A teacher from Sweden is making headlines with his controversial viewpoint criticizing the parenting that he has witnessed. A teacher working with children for the past 16 years, Jonas Harrysson noticed a disturbing trend surfacing in his classroom…and had some shocking things to say about it. But he hasn’t posted his views to be taken as a “rant,” instead, he hopes that his three points will be taken to heart in order to reverse the destructive habits he has noticed in his students:
I have worked with kids for almost 16 years and there are several things that I’ve noticed children are getting worse and worse at.
No.1. Children find it very difficult to be bored! There constantly needs to be something going on. Please stop spoiling and servicing your children. It’s not dangerous for them to be bored sometimes.
No 2. I’ve met many parents who are soooo proud that their kids can read and count before starting preschool.
Well, I hate to break it to you, but reading and counting, they’ll learn to do soon enough. Teach them instead to play, to be a good friend, and to share.
No 3. My third point is that many children find it difficult to show gratitude, both to other kids and towards adults. Can they get ‘another one’ is unfortunately often a first question – and ‘we only get one!?’ is a common complaint I hear.
What happened to PLEASE!? And thanks for dinner, and thanks for the ride, and so on?
I have no children at the moment, but if I do sometime in the future I plan to teach them to play, to be good friends, to show gratitude and to be bored from time to time. Once they’ve learned those things, then I’ll teach them to read and count.”
His post went viral and he agreed to be interviewed by a local paper in his area. He believes that parents have the right intentions, but “By spoiling them, we’re doing them a disservice. Children have loads of imagination and we must not destroy it by constantly feeding them with ideas of things to do.”
What do YOU think about this bold teacher’s take on a new generation’s behavior?
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