School lessons were always a chore. Break time and lunch were the only attempts at solace during the day time but the purpose of these activities were just to regulate the children’s timings. This is learnt earliest in primary school, when after a prolonged, excited playtime, the first thing the young pupils would be exposed to is the hard floor at the teacher’s request for them all to ‘sit down’ in the designated area. When you are young, you think this is because the next 10 minutes or so are important that it requires the class to sit around and hear collectively, away from their chairs and tables, the task or piece of knowledge at hand. It is only when you get older you realise however; it is because of teacher control. Young pupils are too excited after lunch time, so the task of the teacher is to get them to sit down and be quiet as quick as possible.
Miss Jenkins knew this and employed it to perfection each and every day. After 10 minutes of the pupils sitting on the bums, they would be calm, docile and obedient for the rest of the day. Pacified to the extremities of their natural occurring energy, they were finally receptive. Miss Jenkins, who always wore a white blouse top, was a fan of this routine. It allowed her to overwhelm her pupils with a stern sense of control, one which she was incapable of exerting in her own home with her own teenage children.
She read Aesop’s Fables to the class of Year 4 children on this day. She mentioned the story of the fox and the grapes and emphasised how those who cannot attain tend to be those who will complain nonetheless. The children, too young to fully understand, agreed in silence.
Where Miss Jenkins prospered most was in educating the young pupils with her political bias. She was a staunch Conservative and spent a long time educating her pupils the benefits of free markets, order and everyone knowing their place through her allocation of rewards to students as well as the trade examples she would do in her maths classes.
A parent complained upon hearing their child come home one day telling them how they were given roles in society as part of their history lesson and despite hearings and meetings between the PTA and the head teacher, there was no conclusion that suited all parties.
The parents complained more and more how politics were infiltrating their school and Miss Jenkins labelled them all communists. She was sacked within hours after finally losing her temper and patience with the parents.
The parents complained that they were in fact moderates and disagreed with her Conservatism and wished for her not to attempt to influence their children. Miss Jenkins would argue this is against their freedom of speech and the fact that there is a right for children to hear opposing views from what they hear from their parents.
Miss Jenkins was sacked and attended a tribunal hearing appealing the decision, but unfortunately it fell flat and was slapped in her face. She was disgraced in her profession in a matter of months and couldn’t find a job anywhere across the country for ‘brainwashing the youth with propaganda’ and being unable to ‘keep their personal bias out of the school’