Letter to the Editor:
I have read in newspapers, also heard on TV and radio the plight of our public school systems. As a former teacher and school administrator, I can advise you of my opinion on how to solve this situation, and it won’t cost a dime.
NUMBER ONE: You must have a staff of teachers who can teach.
NUMBER TWO: There must be discipline in the classroom.
NUMBERTHREE: There must be an administration who will back teachers.
NUMBERFOUR: There must be a school board that will support the actions that are taken to enforce discipline in the classroom.
You don’t have to lay a hand on any student. If there is mis-behaving, you get that person out of the classroom and, if necessary, out of school. The person does not get back in school until his/her parents come to school and meet with the principal. If a conclusion can’t be reached, then the student is expelled.
There is no reason for disruptive individuals to upset the educational process for the rest of the class. There is no place in the classroom for cursing or being disrespectful.
Young people of today are being done a great disservice when they are allowed to believe that they are in charge instead of adults. Self-respect comes from respect of others in authority whether it be at home, at school, or later in the work force.
Most young people actually crave and welcome discipline because it makes them feel safe, loved, and cared for. Students and teachers both deserve a safe environment in which to achieve. When competent teachers have to face daily verbal assault, and even sometimes physical assault, from students, they will seek employment elsewhere.
For those of you who oppose school uniforms, you might remember that students are in school to learn, not to make a fashion statement and to intimidate others who don’t meet their standard of attire. As an added note, professionally dressed teachers also command more respect.
In closing, just throwing more money into special programs will not solve today’s school issues. Until community members take action and demand better discipline, public schools will sink further into disarray and will fall even further behind other countries in educational progress.
Royce D. Hutton