You can actually see the exact moment the exhausted little hamster powering Ronnie’s brain falls off its squeaking spinny-wheel in utter confusion during horrible Edwin’s (possibly incredibly prophetic) Nancy Reagan sloganed NHS policy discussion.
(And I’m now picturing a crossover with series 4 of The Thick of It where a now grown-up horrible Edwin has just been appointed Health Minister by JB…)
Both of my classes got lectured today. I made notes so that I wouldn’t ramble.
I told them that they were becoming more unkind to each other. Not bullying, but general acts of thoughtless unkindness. Not thinking about how their actions and words affected others.
I asked them to consider. Are there students among you who go through the day without a kind word from anyone except a teacher? (Yes) Are you so wrapped up in your friendships and social things that you don’t notice those that are left out? (Yes) Do you take things too far with your friends that someone gets hurt? (Yes)
If you need to excuse your actions by saying “we were just playing” or “but he’s annoying”, something is deeply wrong.
I asked them to reflect. To reach out. To be kinder to each other.
I don’t know that it got through to them. Really. But they still needed to hear it.