After the letter below was published, there was a follow-up in Today Online: https://www.ova.org.sg/2009/04/in-the-news-keep-up-the-reputation-your-seniors-have-built-up/
From Today Online, 20th April 2009:
What’s wrong with today’s kids?
Teacher in top boys’ school set poor example
12:24 PM April 20, 2009
Letter from Trina Tan Ker Wei
I WAS at the McDonald’s outlet in Marine Cove on April 14, from about 4.30pm to 5.30pm.
During that time, a group of between 10 and 20 secondary school boys in Victoria School (VS) uniform entered together with a lady who I assumed was their teacher, and occupied a long table and some bar seats.
From their loud cheers, I gathered the teacher was giving them a treat. The calls to confirm orders and the general rowdy chatter were a little disruptive but I was okay with it.
What got to me, though, was how the VS boys did not clear their trays when they got up to leave. Some placed their empty drink cups and wrappers on the trays, but no one bothered to empty the filled trays.
The trash bin was next to the tables they were occupying at most three steps away. The appalling thing was seeing how the teacher did not bother to ask the boys to clear their trays she just stood there talking to the boys.
Then they all left. The area they had occupied looked as if a tornado had swept through it. There were used napkins, burger wrappers and empty drink cups left here and there.
I sympathised with the McDonalds crew member who came to clear the mess with a look of helpless despair on his face.
I am saddened by the behaviour of the VS boys and the inability of their teacher to use that moment to teach her students manners. Victoria School appears to have failed in upholding its school mission of producing well-mannered, considerate men with good social graces.
My mother, a proud former VS girl, was surprised at the incident and felt the boys were tarnishing the schools name.
If the younger generation cannot master basic manners, I do not care if they are winning academic awards around the world as far as I am concerned, they are failures.
Contibuted by Hai San.