Kids are supposed to be very naughty and mischeivous. But where do we draw a line between naughtiness and misbehaviour. Kids might not know the answer but surely grown ups would know. My experience today says otherwise.
We happened to go to National Park today and we stopped near a streamlet to play in water. We were enjoying ourselves when three buses full of children on their school picnic stopped by. They looked like affluent kids from some prestigious International school. Everything was fine when suddenly some of them started picking up stones and started throwing in all directions. Inspite of people asking them not to do so they continued to do so. We searched for a teacher who might be accompanying them but couldn’t find them. We had no option but to leave as we didn’t wanted to get hurt. Finally we spotted their teachers sitting in another corner and went to complain. We were in for a surprise. Imagine the teachers response “What should we do if they are throwing stones?”, “Why don’t you’ll get up from that place?”. What surprised us most was not the children’s act but the teachers’ response.
Firstly they were supposed to supervise the children and not find a seperate corner for themselves and secondly defending such act is almost encouraging to do so. There were atleast four other schools who had brought their pupils for the school picnic. But none of the other teachers left the the kids to themselves. Infact one of schools had only three teachers for a very large group of pupils. They had divided them into sub groups and each sub group had a student leader and none of them created nuisance for others. Perhaps these teacher’s could take a leaf out of the local school teachers books.