Morcombes concerned teachers taking up slack of parents

After the disappearance and murder of their son Daniel, Bruce and Denise Morcombe have championed the cause of child safety.

After the disappearance and murder of their son Daniel, Bruce and Denise Morcombe have championed the cause of child safety.

They’ve travelled around Australia, educating children at schools about safety through the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.

As they’ve gone from school to school, the Morcombes have uncovered a concerning trend that’s prompted them to speak out.

Speaking to the Courier Mail, the couple warned that teachers were having to pick up the slack of “diminished” parenting.

So, what makes them say that?

Well, the Morcombes say they’ve witnessed the growing pressure placed on schools and teachers to not only educate but provide basic care, support and nutrition for students.

Mr Morcombe said the social skills and standards of parenting have diminished.

“Society is changing and we’ve seen it (parenting) get worse in the past few years,” he told the Courier Mail.

“There is now a surprising number of schools adopting a breakfast, because there’s no breakfast at home.

“Parents need to look in the mirror and say, ‘this is my child and it’s my responsibility to raise them. I need to be a father or mother to that child’.’’

Mrs Morcombe also warned of the dangers of technology, stressing the need for parents to protect and monitor their kids activity online.

She also said parents leaving phones and computers to babysit their kids was dangerous.

But it’s not only teachers that the Morcombes have seen taking on the responsibilities of parents.

They’ve also encountered a growing trend of grandparents looking after their grandchildren because of the impact of drugs on parents.

The Morcombes aren’t the only ones concerned about the trend.

Experts have backed their comments, arguing that schools should be supporting parents, not replacing them.

University of Queensland Associate Professor Karen Turner told the Courier Mail more programs were crossing into schools.

“Parents play the most crucial role in the lives of children and the next most important is their educator,’’ she said.

“Definitely the message you hear (from educators) is that the curriculum is getting heavier and heavier. It must be getting very difficult to decide what to prioritise.”

What do you think? Do you believe Bruce and Denise Morcombe are right about teachers and parents?




  1. Pamela  

    What about the Morcombe slack??

    Couldn’t even accompany their 13 year old son to do his Christmas shopping!

    Any boy would love his dad to go with him, even if he had to stay back when the boy bought his dad’s gift.

    They have a lot to answer for regarding adequate parenting!

    • Ross  

      Inappropriate, unnecessary, way off the mark. This couple have devoted their lives to keeping other children safe, and all you can do is deliver the cheapest of cheap shots. I’m not sure that the words I want to use to describe you are suitable here. What a disgusting troll you are. By the way, they are right. Many parents need to start parenting. Should never be a school’s job to supply breakfast among a raft of other things.

    • Frank  

      Pamela – your score on empathy for parents of a murdered child is – zero.

      Sociopathy – any ?

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