Parents want schools to get tougher

More than half of parents would like a return to old-fashioned discipline in schools and say teachers should be tougher on pupils, according to a survey for parents’ magazine J/M.

Just 5% of parents polled were very happy about their children’s education. On average, they awarded primary schools 6.7 out of 10 and secondary schools 6.5.
By contrast, some 80% would like to see a return to more authoritarian teaching, with 60% calling for an end to the practise of calling teachers by their first names. Even in primary school, teachers in the Netherlands are usually known by their name.
More than one third think schools are too soft on bullies and answering back, the J/M survey showed.

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