In reply to Lakshmi Kambampati:_____________________Let's keep in mind that approximately 90% of the student population are fantastic young people who attempt to make a good effort to do what is expected for their education. Almost all students respond in a positive way when given higher level bars to reach for. However, the behavior of that 10% (approximate) plus the borderline 5% can do so much to destroy the learning and educational atmosphere that our good students are cheated from receiving the best quality of instruction within the classroom regardless of where the teacher was educated, the salary paid, or the lesson given. Multiply these disturbances from the first grade through the twelfth grade and it becomes clear why our high school students are missing so much of the basic tools needed to succeed in academics. This small percentage of students wear down administrators, teachers, counselors, deans and, of course, the parent(s). The parent(s) often hope that the school professionals have the answer.
As a result of the poor behavior, lack of discipline, and light consequences teacher effectiveness is greatly diminished.
Mayor Bloomberg was given the authority to make changes. He still has time to implement a new strategy for the remaining two years of his term that may be effective in improving the quality of instruction which could help to lift the Regents passing rate for students.
The Mayor and the Chancellor must:
1) Declare all school classrooms to be places for learning and achievement.
2) Have a set of procedures to follow for each student's infraction such as, poor behavior, filthy language, disturbing other students and the learning process.
3) Institute a "three strikes" and you are out policy.
4) Students surpassing the three strikes and you are out policy within one year will need to complete their education at another school within the district. (The old 600 schools or something similar.)
5) Offer the student a chance to return to the regular school if good behavior is shown within a year's time at the second facility.
6) Stick to the policy and the consequences and the borderline students (who now see other students getting away with the poor behavior) will fall into place.
7) Test scores will increase as classroom learning productivity will be greatly enhanced. The overwhelming majority of good students will be more focused on the lesson rather than the disturbances. A teacher will not have his/her lesson that was so well planned destroyed as a result of the disturbances. I am confident that if a true disciplinary program were implemented that regents scores and the passing rate will improve.
This, in the final analysis, would literally cost millions of dollars less than what has been done over the past ten years with virtually marginal results. Discipline in the classroom ought to be strategy #1 to improve instruction.