Swearing by students. Is it tolerable?

students - Swearing by students. Is it tolerable?
@ronaldinu (12439)
Malta
January 26, 2009 3:31pm CST
In my twelve years of teaching I have met all sorts of incidents. What I hate most is lack of respect shown towards teachers and other authorities. I have noticed that swearing has become a common habit not only amongst students outside classroom activities when they are not in a controlled environment but they do swear even during lessons in the presence of teachers. Do you think that this is tolerable? (c) ronaldinu 2009 - the more people I meet-the more I love my dog
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@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
26 Jan 09
No I don't think that it should be tolerable in the presence of teachers. Makes you wonder what kind of life they have at home. They probably talk that way with their parents too.
• Romania
27 Jan 09
i don't think so
@jess368 (3368)
• United States
27 Jan 09
Shar, they probably dont talk to there parents that way, but that is where they learn this foul language. Typically children here here parents cuss and then they model those same actions when away from home.
@jess368 (3368)
• United States
26 Jan 09
I am currently in school to become a teacher, and I for one will not tolerate such language in my classroom. I will be teaching elementary aged students, but that where they begin to learn the foul language. My classroom will have limits, and my students will respect those limits (no matter how long it takes for them to learn that)
• Romania
27 Jan 09
in my country you realy do not have the courige to use foul language in class...and that is because of the teachers
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
27 Jan 09
I understand that most other countries are like that. here is the USA most students don't respect each other much less there teachers.
@yuna15 (2707)
• Philippines
1 Feb 09
I don't think any school should tolerate this. Respect should start both in school and inside the child's home. Most of the time swearing is learned by a child from another person and sadly even from the elders. If I am the teacher I wouldn't allow students swearing during class. If they want to, they better not let me hear it.
• United States
2 Feb 09
You better believe that! LOL! I'm sure if you go to another inhabited planet they would be complaining about the same thing. LOL! Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
@kellyjeanne (1576)
• United States
30 Jan 09
I really feel for you, my friend. When I was living in Tijuana, Mexico I taught English at a private school. Many of the students were quite disrespectful. Parents should be notified of any rude behavior from the students. I think that may help a bit. But, I understand that can pose problems of it's own. The more people I meet the more I love my cat :) Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
1 Feb 09
Hi Kellyjeanne. It seems that lack of respect is not restricted to my country only.
@Humbug25 (12551)
28 Jan 09
Hi ya ronaldinu I don't think this should be acceptable but I think there is very little that can be done about it. I don't think swearing should be tolerated in classrooms at all, there should be no need for it and like you say it shows not only lack of respect for themselves but also their teachers and fellow classmates who don't want to hear such things.
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
1 Feb 09
I do agree wih you. I feel that teachers should be shown more respect. however lack of respect is not show only towards teachers but towards every other authority.
• United States
26 Mar 09
well i am in the 12th grade i dont think any student should swear at a teacher i but some times when two students are in a fight (yelling fight) they end up swearing but that the way kids are now a day but i dont think they should swear at any adult.
• United States
25 Mar 09
I have seen my teacher swear at a couple of kids before, because she thought that would let them know, that she was serious. It shut the kids up, but I've seen them swear a lot more since then. I don't think swearing should be acceptable at school, but really, it's hard to avoid it.
@mansha (6301)
• India
28 Jan 09
Yes I agree, swearing is nowdays more common, earlier we dare not swear in public or in front of our parents but these days its suddenly an "in" thing to swear. I look at the movies too, how much dialouges with swear words are included in the scripts and they call it being hip and trendy. Even I have felt taken aback a number of times with the language nowdays used by youngsters.
• Philippines
28 Jan 09
As a student and a classmate, I got used to a lot of swearing. Though I'm used to it, it still aggravates me. Swearing is swearing.. it's awful and irritating when a classmate swears when doing little things, committing trivial mistakes, complimenting someone, eating, writing, and the list can go on and on. If only, I want them to stop expressing themselves in a profane manner.
@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
27 Jan 09
I agree that the teens and young adults of today speak in a fashion that our parents would have killed us for doing. There is a definite lack of respect for anyone older than themselves. When I catch my children speaking out of turn, I draw their attention to the behavior. I hope they will learn to correct the behavior soon.
@savak03 (6692)
• United States
27 Jan 09
There are a lot of things that young people do now a days that I find intolerable. You are right that kids have no respect for teachers or authority, not even their parents. Here in the US I blame this trend on the government. More and more laws are being passed to protect children from abuse but in their zeal to protect these innocents they have taken away the parents God given right to discipline and train their children. This is the main reason why we have so many juvenile delinquents and the incidence of violent crimes committed by youths have skyrocketed. I had a police officer tell me once that I could not discipline my son and I told him much the same thing, then I told him that I would discipline my child and that he would just have to do whatever he felt necessary.
@lingli_78 (12834)
• Australia
27 Jan 09
not at all... i don't like people who swear and i don't like hearing swear words as well... to me, it just shows that the people who say that are very uneducated and have poor manner... i won't even bother to talk to the person if he/she already start swearing... i just leave the person alone... take care and have a nice day...
• United States
27 Jan 09
I don't think all of the swearing in our society is tolerable at all. Unfortunately even college professors are swearing more and more these days. I think all the swearing in the movies has trickled down into our daily lives, and not for the better.
@cyberfluf (5004)
• Netherlands
27 Jan 09
I for one do not think it's tolerable. Not just students are swearing more, the whole world seems to be swearing more nowadays. It has become widely excepted that people swear more often and that the language they use to swear becomes fauler by the day. I guess when the rules about using such language are losend throughout society kids hear them more and get less punishment for using them, it goes from there. Kids pick up these words very fast. Just the other day my two and a half year old foster brother repeated me when I said: "gosh darnit". It could've easily be something else, grown ups need to watch what they say carefully.
@caver1 (1764)
• United States
27 Jan 09
No, this should not be tolerated. I think it not acceptable speech for anyone. I have worked places where adults swear on a regular basis and find it inappropiate. Adluts need to set the example for their children, then you would not be having this problem in the schools.
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
27 Jan 09
I've spent several decades in the seconday classroom, and I don't believe swearing ought to be allowed in the classroom. But in the past decade, it's rather like choosing your battles. So many students do it and do it so often, that it requires constant policing to keep it in check. And consequences have to be enforced, and that often means robbing from class time and on-task activities, for the teacher to discipline. And finally, if the administration doesn't back the teacher up, there is little hope of altering the profanity issue in today's classroom, especially the high school classroom.
@CRIVAS (1818)
• Canada
27 Jan 09
I have to say that I can't stand it when someone swears. I have been out with my children on more than one occation, when someone standing next to us drops the F bomb. Now I don't swear in front of my children and I certainly don't want someone else to. Now this thing about children swearing in the classroom, I just don't believe it. It seems like there is a very big lack of respect and I think the problem stems from the parents and a lack of disapline. I would like to think that the problem will solve itself but I doubt that it will. I think that schools need to be a little more strict about swearing and maybe that would help. I am sorry that you have to put up with that kind of thing, seems like it happens more often than not.
@baileycows (3667)
• United States
27 Jan 09
I am not a teacher, but I know what your talking about. Kids just don't act right these days. It gets on my nerves too!
@derek_a (10894)
27 Jan 09
It is a shame that there is a huge lack of respect towards teachers in these times. When I was a kid, we just wouldn't do it. We swore amongst ourselves yes, but on one occasion I was overhead by a teacher and sent to the head of the school. I was told this would not be tolerated and was given a whack from a cane. I am not saying that corporal punishment is right or wrong -in fact it would probably just exacerbate things today as it has all gone beyond the point of no return. Me? Well, I only had the cane that once and dared not go home and tell my parents or I would have been in more trouble. It hurt my pride more than my hand. I like my life. I grew up in the 60s and even with the strict discipline I was exposed to, I wouldn't have it any other way, if I had to live through it all again. :-) Derek
@jambi462 (4595)
• United States
27 Jan 09
Yes I think it's tolerable. You know I really think it's stupid that teachers and school staff should even have that much control over students any way. Just because you're in school doesn't mean that you're still a child. That's why I dropped out of school because I have been through a lot more then all of the so called adults that had control over me in school. Schools are so weird because they try to brain wash you into the everyday activities of life when there are really much much better things out there then what public and private schools show you. Do you swear because I really don't see the difference between someone that's an adult swearing and a kid in school swearing.