Now before you go psycho on me, be sure to read to the end.  The title might have gotten you here, but the question of entitlement is a very interesting one.

What is entitlement?

I recently read a really good article which linked back to a previous article in Psychology Today that stated,

[Entitlement] is the unreasonable expectation that one should receive special treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations.

The article went on to explain a few studies on how kids may have developed a sense of entitlement based on their upbringing, largely based on the lacking capabilities of empathy and self-compassion.  I can sympathize with this as these are both things I have a ridiculously hard time with.

Lately, however, I was wondering besides our parents, who would have had the greatest impact on us as a child?  The easy answer for me was my teachers.  Ironically, this question and answer phase came in the middle of the BC Teacher’s Strike that is still going on.

Besides school subjects what are our teachers teaching our kids?

This begged me to ask the question, what are our kids learning from their teachers besides math, science, art and the other mandatory subjects?  What are they learning about life, society, government, social skills, business from their teachers?  How will this affect them 1, 5, 10 or 20 years from now?

Right now, what are our teachers teaching our kids by striking?  When the teachers and kids go back to school, how will the effects of the strike change/alter the way the teachers approach certain things that they’re teaching our kids?  How will teachers talk about government?  How will the teachers talk about bullying?  How will all of this affect our kids years from now?

Image courtesy,  The Now Newspaper (Photo: Matt Law)

Image courtesy, The Now Newspaper (Photo: Matt Law)

Are the teachers demands a display of entitlement?

I honestly don’t know the answer to this, but I’ve heard others say, “The teachers are so entitled”, or “Teachers are demanding way too much”.  If true how do things like this affect they way they teach our children?

On the opposite side of the spectrum, is our government demonstrating bullying tactics or even entitlement at the leadership levels.  Is Christy Clark demonstrating a Narcissistic Entitlement as explained in the articles above.  Again, I don’t really know the answers, but I’d say she, personally, has much less of an influence on our children than their teachers do.  Still, though, what affect with this all eventually have on the kids?

The kids are the one who will be affected

Regardless, of the duration of the strike, our kids will be influenced for months and years to come by their teachers.  The question becomes then, how can we ensure that our kids development is tracking on the best possible path for them?

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One Response to Are the BC teachers teaching our kids to be entitled?

  1. Claire Verret says:

    Hi, Sean. It’s a complicated issue. My last year teaching (in Regina) we went on strike for better working conditions, and I believed in our action. The school board (Catholic) was just not supportive and I ended up resigning at the end of the year; burnout was a major factor. That was in the 70s. While you can’t generalize, I think society really undervalues education, and has for a long time. We just keep making more demands of our teachers; they should be carefully and thoroughly trained, given a fighting chance (with class size and composition), and justly compensated. I was very impressed with the letter that Barb linked to, from Tracy Johns (“Teaching in BC”). Until most adults, including parents, have walked the proverbial mile in a teacher’s shoes, we are unlikely to see much more than band-aid solutions.