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Friday, January 07, 2005

The Guilford County Board of Education is still trying to figure out what to do about discipline problems in the schools.

So the board brings in experts who tell them:

Schools need to teach values and ethics instead of just enforcing rules;

Teachers who show affection and appreciation have fewer discipline problems;

A social contract exists between students and schools: The schools will provide an education if the students agree to behave;

Suspending students does no good, because trouble students already don't want to be in school.

OK. If you want my opinion, this was a total waste of time. Every thing the experts said are beliefs that the board already holds. The experts were preaching to the choir, to use the old expression. Time and again I've sat through school board meetings where the board had the very same discussions regarding discipline. Did they bring in people to tell them what they want to hear, or is this just the dominant mentality of educators today?


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