- This is me: This is a response in a news article in a debate with a person who believes that the Police should be involved in small incidents in our schools that have traditionally been handled effectively in-house. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/03/16/live-chicken-prank-lands-3-n-j-students-in-the-coop/?replytocom=169712#respond I am enjoying our discussion too. Thank you for civil debate. I agree with you on substance. Here is an illustration to show you what part I think you are missing. One of the biggest mistakes made in parenting is the “Wait until your father gets home.” (or mother gets home if the case) It is a mistake on two fronts. First, the disciplinary action, especially with young children needs to be immediate. The main problem, however, is that it undermines the respect and the control of the parent. The child quickly learns that they can walk all over the parent that has no control. It makes matters worse. A teacher in a classroom will have the same problem if they use the principals office in the same way. The teacher loses control of his/her class rather quickly when they do not deal with problems in the classroom in a consistent manner. Sending a child to the principals office should always be the last resort. This is a common mistake in the first year of teaching. This and lack of consistency are the two reasons first year teachers lose total control frustrating the students and teacher alike.The students need to respect the teacher, they are the first line of defense. The teacher shows weakness when they pass off the problem. This is a foundational principle in Parenting and teaching. This is what our schools are beginning to do. Instead of taking control of the issue, handling the problem, and retaining the control, they are sending the message to the students that they are weak. This causes more discipline problems. It undermines the respect needed to create a working atmosphere for all students. We know this because we can look back on the history of our public schools. They are passing the buck to the legal system which was not designed to be school enforcement. The more they do this, the less control the foster which in turn leads to even more disciplinary problems. Ask any experienced teacher, this a a foundational principle.
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