Are children who attend multicultural schools less disciplined?

2011-09-13 00:00

I THINK that as parents we tend to be too lenient and too understanding on some of the unbecoming behaviour from our children.

I once saw a child backchatting his mother, and the response was uyabazi wethu banjani aba batwana bezizikolo (you know how the children from these multi-cultural schools are).

This made me question whether we think that taking a child to a multicultural school means letting go of some of the fundamental values that a family has, and accepting and allowing less discipline.

Having been to a multicultural school myself, I have seen the response of elders commenting that “children from these schools are rude and think they are better”. I have been hit with ungandipha- theli izinto zezizikolo endlini yam (don’t bring multicultural-school behaviour into my house) from my mother.

A parent’s experience

I spoke to Lulu, a mother who has a child in a multicultural school, and she admits that her children often have their own way. Her daughter often argues with her, but in Lulu’s day that would never have happened.

Lulu also mentions that she never thought that her daughter would be driving herself to school. Lulu thinks we’re becoming lax as parents, and that our children don’t relate to elders. “For instance, when my daughter visits my mother in the rural areas, she says, ‘Hello, Granny’, but doesn’t think to shake hands as it would be expected when greeting an elderly person,” she comments.

Another friend says that her younger brother (who also attends a multicultural school) backchats, talks about bringing his girlfriend over, throws tantrums and is very much aware of his rights as a child.

Thandi, a mother of four, feels that parents tend to be more understanding of children attending multicultural schools. If that is the case, then I think we have a serious problem that we need to deal with.

Of course, this does not apply to each and every family, but it happens. Sending your child to a multicultural school should not mean less discipline. Parents still need to be in control. — Parent


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