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The poverty in some sections of Great Britain is a reflection of a Dickensian Era, leaving schools to struggle; as a growing amount of children go without the most fundamental skills.

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This nation was meant to have grown and, with higher standards, but instead children are coming to school incapable of dressing themselves or being able to use a knife and fork and, some are even incompetent to use a toilet properly.

A small but notable and increasing number of children are being left alone, not because the parents want to neglect their children, but they have no option and, a good deal of older siblings in the family are being relied upon to raise younger brothers and sister because parents have to search for work or chance being deprived of their money.

If the numbers get any larger it will be next to, if not impossible for schools to respond to the effects of serious poverty, family collapse and, a lack of parenting skills in a good deal of communities.

Perfectly healthy children are going to school not yet toilet trained and, there are children who can’t dress themselves and, children who only know how to eat with a spoon and fingers and, have not ever taken a seat round a table to benefit from a home cooked family meal.

There are children who get themselves and, occasionally their younger siblings up in the morning.  Children who bring themselves to school at a very young age.  Children who sometimes don’t know who will be at home when they get home, if anyone.

These children come from some of our most poverty-stricken neighbourhoods, who commence school with an enormous weight of poverty on their shoulders and, it can be next to impossible to prevent the consequences of such impoverishment and, it’s impractical for teachers to get on with the job of educating if children in the class have not overcome some of the fundamental life skills that are essential prior to starting school.

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One thought on “Dickensian Britain 2013

  1. This is what Thatcher meant by Victorian Values. “The rich man in his castle, the poor man at his gate, God made them high and lowly, and ordered their estate. Odious Victorian hymn.

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