School’s controversial ‘friendly reminder’ to parents goes viral

Is it fair enough or a teensy bit patronising?

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Sometimes, it seems, the relationship between a school and its parents can get just a little bit fraught.

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Recently we shared the story of a school that sent 50 pupils home for wearing the wrong uniform; their parents were up in arms and the police had to be called out.

Then there were reports of a school in Nottinghamshire that decided to grade parents from A to E depending on how supportive they are of the school and its events.

And now a school notice, allegedly displayed for parents at a Portuguese school (we can’t say whether or not this is true), has surfaced on Swedish social media and viral site Newsner, seemingly reminding parents of their role and responsibility in helping to raise their children.

Here’s the poster:

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The poster reads:

  • We would like to remind you that magic words such as hello, please, you’re welcome, I’m sorry, and thank you, all begin to be learned at home
  • It’s also at home that children learn to be honest, to be on time, diligent, show friends their sympathy, as well as show utmost respect for their elders and all teachers.
  • Home is where they learn to be clean, not talk with their mouths full, and how/where to properly dispose of garbage.
  • Home is also where they learn to be organized, to take good care of their belongings, and that it’s not ok to touch others.
  • Here at school, on the other hand, we teach language, math, history, geography, physics, sciences, and physical education. We only reinforce the education that children receive at home from their parents.

Regardless of whether or not this notice really was distributed around a school in Portugal for all parents to see, it still got us talking a lot here at MFM HQ.

While we agreed that teachers probably do feel more and more responsibility to act as social worker, guardian, psychologist etc in this day and age – and that of course parents need to do their part in bringing up polite, socially-minded kids – we can’t help but feel this poster is a bit patronising.

In fact, it could be pretty offensive to those parents who are already doing everything on it.

And there’s a good chance that those parents who could do with reading it might not have got round to it.

What do you think?

Are posters like this a good idea? Would you like to see them in UK schools? Tell us in the comments below or over on Facebook

Photos: Stock image / poster image taken from Newsner

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