It’s a conversation we have every Monday morning up and down the country, from cradle to grave, ‘How was your weekend?’ ‘What did you do?’. It’s a simply human interaction that well have. Not our of nosey curiosity or even really that bothered, it’s just idle chit chat at the kettle in the office while we’re waiting for our first cuppa of the working day.
So for Brighton and Hove council to now BAN pupils from saying what they did over the weekend so as not to alienate poorer pupils is ridiculous. It is also a very good way for teachers to subtly find out a little more about their pupils home life.
It also reiterates to pupils that you can’t be busy every minute of every day you have off, and the average person doesn’t go to Alton Towers every weekend. Some pupils may well come from families with funds to take them into London to do the sites, but I doubt they do it every Weekend. There will be some weekends where one of the more impoverished pupils had a more eventful weekend than the wealthier one. It’s a fact that no 2 weekends are the same for 2 different people.
What about those that work shifts like nurses and doctors? They can’t have every weekend off, and occasionally alternative child care will have to be found. Or the miserable rainy weekends? Where no one wants to leave the warmth of their home, and so spend a day doing crafts of baking? How about grandma who you’ve not seen in 18 months coming to visit for a few days?
Are we no longer allowed to talk about our home lives for fear of offending someone? What’s next? We can’t get a haircut on a Saturday morning for fear of people noticing on Monday and them becoming upset because someone in the class may not have a resources to get their hair cut?
It’s absolute madness.
It’s a fact of life, some people come from wealthier families than others. It’s called ‘the lot we get in life’. We simply have to try and do better and to surpass the success of our parents. There is nothing wrong with not having much, and a study has found those who don’t have it all aren’t as materialistic, and see the beauty in things more readily than those who have everything.
Kids being kids today, will most likely have a games console, what if a group of them all had a weekend long tournament on Minecraft? Does the teacher not want to hear about how they got on? Or how about another group doing their ballet recital?
None of it is alienating, it’s just people having differing interests. When I was a kid, my weekends comprised of music, cooking and reading and I was quite happy with that. Occasionally we would go and do something, but as a family we are quite happy at home.