Was there ever a time before Scapegoat Britain? Part 1

At first it seemed ridiculous to believe that people would believe that all of England’s problems were the result of the EU and of course those “terrible immigrants”.  

We laughed about it in the staff room.  The same staff room where for the past year, disgruntled colleagues have  viciously blamed and attacked the Head Teacher for staff cuts that are solely the result of Government cuts to education. 

I remember a boy at our school who was an amazing football player.  Even at the tender age of five he had incredible ball control.  
The problem was he was arrogant, rude and violent to children and adults alike.  But when reprimanded for his actions, it was never his fault.  Spurred on (particularly) by his mother, it was always another child’s fault or the teacher had a personal vendetta towards him. Rather than changing his behaviour, he changed schools.  

Unsurprisingly his misbehaviour continued.. So he moved back to our school, blaming the teachers and children at the previous school for the move back.  Of course, as soon as he got into trouble again he resumed into his usual routine of pin the blame.  

And that’s how it continued. 

One day he was scouted by one of the big UK premier league teams.  Such a life changing opportunity.  

But he was dropped.  

He wasn’t a team player, couldn’t handle feedback and didn’t respect authority or his team mates.   But, of course, it was the coaches/team mates fault, “they didn’t respect him” enough.  

Such a huge opportunity lost because he had failed to take responsibility or learn from his mistakes.  

I saw him the other day working in a local shop.

Just imagine what could have been.


16 responses to “Was there ever a time before Scapegoat Britain? Part 1”

  1. Good, beautiful and true Avatar
    Good, beautiful and true

    Learning to accept feedback and responsibility pretty much sums it up!

  2. Taking responsibility requires maturity. Even in the adult demographics today, very few are willing to acknowledge their mistakes, and improve themselves.
    I feel really sad for anyone who works in HR (or lives in Britain)

    1. Yes, if there is a genuine desire to learn from the mistake then there needs to be opportunities and support to learn from our mistakes not judgements or repeated punishments. I would never ever work in HR- not for all the bonuses in Liverpool Street lol x

      1. You really have to admire the people who do though. Such will power and a super thick skin!

  3. For various reasons I have been researching ADHD and always blaming others is one of the main traits. I wonder if he was ever tested for ADHD. There are a lot of people out there with the condition undiagnosed. What a waste of talent!

    1. Interesting!! I’m not sure if he was or not- although I do remember the mother leading the blame game! Complaints about teachers, arguing with other parents and of course moving schools . Interestingly, she was a teaching assistant and moved her son to her school where she worked. When he misbehaved there she blamed the children saying that they were bullying her son because she worked there. The mother had no idea that teachers from both school knew each other and it got back to our school that he was just basically a nightmare. Yes it is a complete and utter waste and incredibly sad, as his mother only wanted the best for him and to protect him but instead she was stifling his ability to grow and develop. X

  4. Hopefully he will learn eventually.

  5. What an honest account of current realities!!

  6. This is a great article… learning from life mistakes and victories– personal responsibility is everything.

    1. Thank you… such strange times in the UK and works at the moment I think we can only steer in the right direction by looking at our mistakes and learning from them

      1. I wish everyone would adopt this mindset – examining ourselves, our lives – past and present always makes for a brighter more peaceful tomorrow.

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