As a parent with two kids approaching school age I can certainly see why Pauline Hanson’s proposed classroom segregation has caught the nation’s attention.
It was no surprise to me that Hanson of course was way off the mark (again) but what did catch me of guard was that she actually did inadvertently stumble onto the ACTUAL big problem that is assaulting our school system (and general society).
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If we are to ever give our kids the education system they deserve it is time we started to take Selfish Syndrome (SS) seriously and have an adult conversation about what really causes resource shortages and what is really best for the kids of SS parents.
As many of us know, Selfish Syndrome is an increasingly common affliction caused by prolonged exposure to thoughtlessness, ignorance and insensitivity.
A ‘Selfie’, ‘Shelfish’ or ‘Shelly’ as they are known on the street can present signs as young as two years of age.
With the ongoing treatment of love, communication, some tough love, understanding, and the occasional growl/smack, most parents can ensure their children experience only very mild and highly infrequent instances of self-absorption and greed during their schooling years.
Sadly in recent years we have seen a dramatic drop in treatment and a growing number of parents are simply refusing to heed the warning signs, much less inoculate their children once these early signs manifest more frequently.
So by the time these toddlers hit kindergarten they are well on their way to fully developed Selfish Syndrome, monopolising teachers’ time and school resources with their under-developed (or in some cases non-existent) social skills and sense of fairness.
Compounding these problems are their SS parents.
Often quite high on the SS spectrum themselves, parents of SS kids are the first to complain after school, in blogs or even on the floor of parliament about the lack of time and resources their kids are able to monopolise.
Their constant criticism also extends to generally how unfair it is that their child doesn’t get more stuff, more time, better grades or in less trouble at the expense of other kids.
Some parents with under-developed (or ultra-developed!) SS will sometimes become self-aware, recognise that what they are doing is in fact selfish and then attempt to campaign for segregation under a banner of altruism.
But such is the sad, insidious nature of Selfish Syndrome that these people are for the most part unable to consider others in the way that normal people do.
SS Parents demanding that their kids are special are a far greater hindrance to educational efficiency than kids with special needs.
Fortunately the rest of us can see what their affliction prevents them from seeing; that segregation is a fundamentally selfish concept.
Standing against selfishness like this is not only the best way to ensure the treatment (and mass cure) of SS on a national scale it is also the quickest way to achieving the kind of classroom environment that all kids deserve.