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> Can School Uniform Counter X Factor?, Glasgow academic calls for traditional values
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post 29th Dec 2010, 09:35pm
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One of Scotland's leading child psychologists has blamed programmes such as the X Factor for contributing to an increasing tide of domestic abuse by children against their parents and other adults. Tommy MacKay, a Glasgow-based professor of psychology, said that the huge popularity of shows where contestants battled each other to become instant celebrities contributed to children being warped by a "cult of self", where the role of traditional relationships was undermined.

Professor MacKay called for a return to traditional concepts and values, such as school uniforms and patriotism, to halt the alarming decline in young people's respect for parental and school authority. His comments are backed up by the latest police statistics which show a 17% rise in domestic abuse carried out by young people, despite a declining population. Seen in the longer term, the level of child-on-adult violence is now three times higher than just a decade ago, a result of an increasing gulf between the attitudes and perceptions of young and old.

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"Over the years there has been a fundamental loss of respect for parental and school authority and for the values previously instilled by the church. Society is losing its old anchor points and domestic violence is part of that pattern. We are sitting on an unexploded time bomb of disturbed behaviour."

He went on to say that traditional Scottish values such virtues as thrift, achievement and pride in hard-won rewards had effectively been lost as powerful new forces shape the lives and expectations of young people in society:

The fellow and former president of the British Psychological Society added:
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"Parents still have a duty to provide the foundations of traditional values by instilling in their children a respect for their parents and for others.

The decline in these traditional values can be traced systematically over recent decades, and with it a corresponding increase in problems in society.

These are clearly reflected both in the home and in the school.

Old ideas of sacrificial commitment for the benefit of others have sharply declined, as can be seen in the dozens of voluntary organisations that can no longer get the support and leadership they require.

The old values have been increasingly replaced with the 'cult of self', and the highest ideal for millions is now seen in the celebrity culture which is idolised and to which so many aspire. Expectations should be raised and not set at the lowest possible bar."


On the subject of the role of the school uniform, Prof MacKay said:
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"In previous generations if a child told parents they had got into trouble at school the parents would blame the child. Now they blame the teacher,” he said.

Children should wear school uniform – a uniform which was for everyone. Like everyone else, I was expected to wear one as a child from a very poor home in one of the poorest areas in Glasgow. Now school uniforms tend to mark out private schools and the wealthier classes.

The uniform is a sign of being part of something bigger and more important than oneself and one’s own 'self-expression'. It expresses the school and its values rather than the individual, and is also a sign of being under the school’s authority."

The leading academic's comments come as the Prince's Trust annual Youth Index report reveals a significant decline in young people's emotional health, with increasing numbers of children in Scotland growing up with a catalogue of mental health problems, including panic attacks, self-harm and depression.

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post 29th Dec 2010, 11:10pm
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The final of X-Factor this year was a disgrace!

It was nothing short of pornography thinly dressed up as glamorous dance entertainment. I was not particularly comfortable watching it with the wife.... god knows what it must have been like to sit through those disgusting dance routines in the company of youngsters - the show's target audience. I believe thousands of people made a formal complaint to ITV about the show.
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post 29th Dec 2010, 11:53pm
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The winner of X FACTOR in Germany was a guy who could sign a duet with himself. He had the deepest and the highest classical tones and sang in the most professional standard. A pleasure to hear.
Way before the finals, which I thought he would never reach, the competition included a guy who lit farts; a guy who did p*n*s paintings using his willie as a brush and a host of the most ridiculous people on the planet. Mary loved it for the simple reason that she could avail herself of the opportunity to switch her brain, which she over-uses, into neutral and just laugh at peoples silly antics.
I just wanted to boak most of the time.
This is what it's come to.

When my youngest daughter sends me photos of her twin boys and her older daughter I just love to see these kids smiling into the camera while sat there in their school uniforms.
They certainly do not attend private schools .... is that just England?


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post 30th Dec 2010, 12:38am
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BRAVO AT LAST SOMEONE IS MAKING SOME SENSE OF ALL THIS AWFUL BEHAVIOUR.
I know times have changed however respect for people should not change. I am so tired of listening to the Political Correctness. We are becoming so Politically correct that we are allowing all sorts of "stuff" to go on that should not be allowed. Regarding for example... in the US the Muslims are allowed to halt traffic in the middle of New York for their prayers, this is just wrong. The sad part is if we or anyone dare to say anything we are branded as racists and bigots.

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post 30th Dec 2010, 01:32am
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This is a common phenomena of the age of instant gratification. The vocabulary among teenagers, pre teens and subsequently adults has declined over the last ten or so years to just over 800 words. No need to express yourself when you can text in mediocre meaningless jargon and be part of the great wide social web, which as luck would have it requires only electronic interaction, and unwelcome friends can be deleted at the push of a button if they do not satisfy the craving for like mindedness.
As for uniforms they are a social leveler, they do contribute to being part of the whole and provide some sense of identity. The craving for attention has been generated by media for its own profit, spurred on by social engineers and libertarians who see the colapse of traditional values as heralding in the socialist millenia. I would how ever question the value of patriotism as this has been a foundation of strife and war for times past and to come. Pride in achievement for ones native land can not be turned to destructive arrogance.
We the post war gereration who wanted the best and better for our children are largly responsible for the instant gratification generation, who only but asked to receive and then demanded as their right without the input of earning.
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post 30th Dec 2010, 01:50am
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Our children have always had their full school uniform , i think they look really smart. I dont think the x-factor has created this problem of no respect. I feel that this has been happening for some time now, and feel that tv and films have a lot to do with it. I stopped watching all soaps many years ago , although i know a lot of people allow their children to watch them , i didn't want mine to watch this tripe. I also feel that reality shows have a lot to answer for, even seeing the ads for these shows were enough for me to know not to bother watching. I dont feel that the age limit for some films are correct , as i switched on a film over Christmas for 12 years and over , and hastily switched back . I think its about time tv and films were cleaned up. There have been some great films made ,that dont contain adult themes,but are still good .I feel that there are not a lot of good programme/film makers out there anymore. My family,even though the youngest is 14 , love Some Mothers Do Ave Em, Fawlty Towers, Pink Panther , Morcambe and Wise ,and quite a few of the older family shows that get repeated on certain channels.
There are also parents out there ,who dont care what their children are doing ,as long as they are not annoying them. I have seen a lot of self centred parents , who as long as they have what they want , their kids come last , then life is great sad.gif . A lot of the bad behaviour that is being talked about ,is actually learned at home for a lot of these kids. Mum/Dad curse and swear at them,each other , so when they grow up , in their turn they curse ans swear at parents .It seems to be accepted in such house holds . Sad really , but true. Some kids just dont stand a chance , and its down to the parents themselves.
I actually stopped watching the x-factor , till the Wagner got put out, as some of the dance routines to his songs were unacceptable , dont know who thought they should be on a family show. Next we have Britains got talent coming up soon ,and some of the acts allowed to audition on that should not be allowed .
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post 30th Dec 2010, 01:55am
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Is this what you are referring to Scotsman: if so, Ofcom is investigating 2,750 complaints:


Family entertainment?

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post 30th Dec 2010, 04:57am
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I don't know for sure whether a 'uniform' by itself will be the cure all that will end this bloody mess that the world finds itself in today; moreover a return to the good old days when a parent was entitled to be just that - a parent, to act as such and deliver a smack on the ol' rump if/when his/her offspring stepped out of line, not like today where the child thinks he/she is the 'king/queen of the household and if approached, threatens to bring in the authorities.
And the so'called entertainment in these modern days leaves plenty to be desired by we of the older generation; whatever happened to the decent entertainment of yesteryear as Strauss and other classics? What is heard today is an apology for decency, just a bloody 'NOISE'!


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post 30th Dec 2010, 05:44am
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QUOTE (GG @ 30th Dec 2010, 01:33am) *
Is this what you are referring to Scotsman: if so, Ofcom is investigating 2,750 complaints:

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post 30th Dec 2010, 05:45am
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I wouldn't waste the small ammount of electricity that my TV burns to watch such crap as the X Factor. The show consists mostly of talentless wannabees who are just a waste of time. If you like commercial pop music go ahead and inspire them, if like me you don't just criticise them as the worthless crap that they are.
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QUOTE (Alecahauf @ 30th Dec 2010, 06:23am) *
I wouldn't waste the small ammount of electricity that my TV burns to watch such crap as the X Factor. The show consists mostly of talentless wannabees who are just a waste of time. If you like commercial pop music go ahead and inspire them, if like me you don't just criticise them as the worthless crap that they are.

I totaly agree, in fact all of these mindless programs including all of the soaps aren't even worth the electricity nevermind the TV license. "Dear God, if I ever start to watch such drivel just shoot me and put me out of my misery"
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post 30th Dec 2010, 09:59am
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"Now there's a lifestyle. With painted lips. Now there's a lifestyle. Everybody wants it. But it don't exist."

This is the line of a song by Annie Lennox and for me it kind of sums up what is amiss today with some youngsters.They see the films,the glossy mags,the X Factors and all the rest of it and want that but as the song says it doesnt exist.Its all an illusion but unfortunately some kids today are so taken up by it they cannot differentiate fact from fiction.Everybody want to be a celeb,a star,a wannabee for their 15 minutes.Its as though they have nothing else to aspire to.
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post 30th Dec 2010, 10:11am
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That's true enough but didn't we all wannabe Elvis lookalikes and didn't you have your Beatles hairstyle and collarless jacket later?
Sorry, Joop, that should be adressed to the general reader here ... your jacket would have had your number on the shoulder tongue.gif biggrin.gif


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post 30th Dec 2010, 10:29am
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Aye it was a drag.They made me have short back and sides as well.A real stick out!
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The X Factor like every other bit of pop culture has become about the Sex Factor. And we wonder why our ten year old girls are wanting T-shirts with provocative slogans written across them? And we wonder why there is a high rate of teenage pregnancy and pressure on teenage girls? Pop music has become soft porn. These pop stars are no role models.
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