Joanna Lumley has hit out at what she perceives as slack morals in the way British children are brought up.
64 year-old Lumley was brought up in a time where teachers and parents were respected, and would use physical punishment to deal with any misbehaviour.
Talking about her school days, Lumley said, “There was one ‘crime’ during the whole time I was at school, when a fountain pen went missing. Stealing just didn’t happen.”
She added, “I was taught not to shoplift, not to steal, not to behave badly. We weren’t even allowed to drop litter.”
Joanna also added, “We are very slack with our moral codes for children these days. Nowadays, children find it laughably amusing to shoplift and steal.
“We smile when they download information from the internet and lazily present it as their own work. We allow them to bunk off school and bring in sick notes.”
The former Ab Fab star called on parents to make “quite small children take on huge responsibilities” adding that on her travels, “In Ethiopia… you might find a seven-year-old expected to take 15 goats out into the fields for the whole day with only a chapati to eat and his whistle.
“Why are we so afraid to give our children responsibilities like this?”
She also attacked technology in schools, saying, “I think laptops should be banned from schools. Until you can prove you can add up on your fingers or think independently in your head, you have learnt nothing.”
Lumley is currently reading Enid Blyton books and Radio 4 and added, “I think we’re leading our children into a false paradise. We’re not teaching them how to apply themselves and be present, how to accomplish a job and finish it, how to learn other languages and actually achieve a trade.”