In a previous post about education; “Test Anxiety, Stand And Deliver” we got some really informative comments from an experienced teacher, who made the following point about classroom discipline:
Discipline – I am amazed that schools spend so much time on curriculum and yet spend so little time on a cohesive discipline plan. Parents rarely know that their child is in trouble until the child has been suspended or received some form of severe punishment. This despite the fact that there are more lines of communication than ever before – ie. websites, email, phone, etc. Parents know instantly how there child is doing with grades thanks to online grades nowadays. However, there is no place for discipline…
(More than one teacher chimed in… go read!)
And today Dynamics Of Cats picks up the same theme:
I was talking to a friend recently. As with many of the volunteers she has no training in education and no experience with actual teaching of groups. She is a professional with two kids of her own.
She mentioned the “two trouble boys” in the class she was helping with, and said she had tried to work with one of them.
After trying to cajole him and then order him to do something, he turned to her and told her bluntly: “I’m not doing it, and you can’t make me”.
He is seven years old. And, he is right…
Dynamics Of Cats: Children Of Our Time
DOC then carries the idea to a frightening conclusion: Someday those kids will grow up and hold responsible positions in business and government. And they may still be the same defiant, self-centered little brats at heart when they do.
Must admit I’m stumped by this one. How can schools get parents onboard with their kids’ discipline? The solution must, like the problem does, extend beyond school walls.
I told my kids they did not have to respect the teacher, but they had to be respectful towards the teacher. They were never to disrupt the class, among other things. But what else? How do we make it matter to the parents? I mean not just some punitive measure, but how do we convey the importance of a disciplined learning environment to the parents?