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ERIC Number: EJ798985
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
A Call to Order
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v73 n5 p63-66 Jan 2008
The majority of children do come to school to learn, but it only takes a few persistent troublemakers to rob an entire class of that opportunity. Disruptions in the form of lateness, talking out of turn, and disrespecting the teacher and other students take a serious toll on the educational process. Polls have shown that parents, teachers, and the public are on the same page when it comes to the importance of a safe, orderly school environment. A study by the research firm Public Agenda--"Teaching Interrupted: Do Discipline Policies in Today's Public Schools Foster the Common Good?"--found that 61 percent of teachers and 63 percent of parents strongly believe that strictly enforcing the smaller rules sets a tone that helps prevent the bigger problems. The study also showed that the majority of teachers (78%) and parents (74%) say that it is just a handful of students who cause most of the problems. Creating a classroom environment that is conducive to teaching and learning is a challenge many teachers confront every day. Most educators have their own tried-and-true strategies for maintaining order in the classroom. On the other hand, many school districts have established alternative settings for students who have chronic behavior problems. Teachers and parents support proposals for establishing alternative school settings, the Public Agenda poll found.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A