Our expert says:
That isn't a school "philosophy", it's idiocy, disguised as something more dignified. TV is a universal fact of life --- how much better to allow school children a controlled AMOUNT of TV viewing, in a setting which encourages critical thinking and discussion of what they see, rather than banning suich viewing altogether, which will convince the kids that TV must be something MARVELLOUS which they will devour in much larger quantities whenever they get the chance. Educators should not be allowed to make such eccentric and twisted decisions.
Sounds like the kid is intelligent enough to have learned some basic lessons not formally in the curriculum --- like learning that what gets you ahead is how well you can pretend to be whatever folks want you to be --- it doesn't matter what you're really like, if you can learn to be a genuine phony.
The mother is undermining his father's authority, and in fact also her own. When will parents learn that WHENEVER they contradict each other, the child believes neither of them, but learns to play them off against each other ? In the situation you describe, the father could probably reliably get the nasty kid to do what he wanted, by simply forbidding him to do it.
Whether these particular parents would listen to you, I don't know, but you have indeed recognized a key problem in their family. Parents may very reasonably disagree with each other about specific rules or aspects of child behaviour --- but must discuss such things together, OUT of the presence of the child, and jointly carry out whatever they have decided together.
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