A couple of weeks ago I was on Sky News discussing news stories when the subject of installing respect amongst youngsters came up. The presenter asked if it wasn’t the responsibility of teachers to make sure young kids respected authority. I disagreed. It should be the parents with the primary responsibility to ensure their kids have a healthy respect for authority and be provided a stable environment at home so they don’t become criminals. Somewhere along this line I was accused of being on the authoritarian right! Hold on a second, does espousing a stable family make you part of the conservative right? Not in my view.
Writing in the Guardian today Joseph Harker similarly says the problem of violence amongst young black youths isn’t of guns but a breakdown of the family. I agree.
In some ways this also applies to Asian families. A respected writer recently said in a conversation that one of the reasons why there are problems with Asian boys (in Southall, Tower Hamlets, Oldham) is because of the breakdown in communication. 1st gen Asian parents find it difficult as it is to communicate and understand their children. Feeling helpless and bound by their traditional bias towards males, they end up focusing on controlling the girls while turning a blind eye to what the boys are doing.
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