On Wednesday, I was asked to be one of the two accompanying parents on DD3`s school trip to visit the extensive Roman remains at Caerleon. I had never been to Caerleon, so I was happy to go along. We had 30 children aged 7 to 9 and one member of staff.
I suppose the nice thing was that it made me realise just how well behaved my own kids are in public.
Some of the children had absolutely no idea of how to behave properly in a public setting and couldn`t see why they should not be running around shouting and being rowdy. Several of them had a right "dressing down" from their teacher before they would calm down and behave better......
In my book, there is a huge difference between being excited (and slightly noisy) and being rowdy and rude. It made me feel sorry for the staff, who have to battle against this behaviour all the time in school, and try to teach these youngsters behaviour which should have been instilled in them at home at a much younger age.
I also feel sorry for the children concerned, for their future is going to be affected by their inability to function properly in civilised society.
The day went fairly well; the kids enjoyed themselves and learnt a lot, but the member of staff and accompanying parents were exhausted at the end of the day :-)