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Greece, NY Middle School students with less than exemplary behaviour:
I am appalled by the conduct of these students (but not surprised). From my days teaching (before I left the profession to become an attorney), I was continually startled by the outright rude and disrespectful behavior that so many students demonstrated against school personnel, including teachers and even the principal.
Lack of discipline and lack of consequences imposed for student misbehavior by school administrators (in schools I worked in) has, in my opinion, contributed to this situation. In my opinion, there has been a real erosion of a school’s power to address student misbehavior over the last several decades. This erosion in school authority has likely been caused by political forces, parent apathy/approval, and changes in laws that have made it harder to discipline students (especially students covered by special education protections).
In light of the above, I honestly think that until we address the rampant issue of student misbehavior in our nation’s schools, we will never make any true headway in the area of school reform.
Assemblyman Steven F. McLaughlin, a Republican from the capital region whose wife is a kindergarten teacher, predicted that parents would post the teacher data they receive on the Internet for all to see.
… “It seems like we’ve got the torches and the pitchforks and we’re coming after the teaching profession.”
Well, if teachers don’t like it, they can always quit.