I am an NQT and am just so dumbfounded how much the system has completely changed since I was in school. Some examples are: * Complaining against teachers used to be unheard of, now its so unbelievably common. If you even look at a student the wrong way these days, it can warrant a complaint. * Kids have now caught on that teachers have no power and run rings around teachers. Whereas in my day, teachers at least had an illusion of great power. The scales have just been tipped in the minors' side so much to the point where they can easily ruin someone's career if they so wish. * Teachers would freely put on videos and movies for us at the end of term-time, and during classes. Whereas now that's almost unheard of. * Teachers could get away with breezing through their syllabus all year like making you copy out of books and doing woolly activities. However its now mandatory for teachers to have tight lesson plans. * If a student worked hard and got bad grades it was on them. But now a student can laze around all year long, and if they get a bad grade its the teacher's fault. * Schools used to only cater for confident, popular kids with the way they were set up, as shy, awkward and lower-achieving students were just left to fall through the cracks. Now schools cater for everyone with their protective systems, social clubs, programs, and "open-palm" style approach to aggression, rather than the "big bad wolf" style. My main question is that what exactly caused the school system to shift this way? And when did you start to see it going this way? Its just so surprising that the school system has been turned on its head since I was there.