Blog 15 theknockerblog.com
O’Reilly Knows; and keeps saying the trouble with American schools is not money. The trouble with the schools in this country is a general lack of discipline.
When the teachers Union wants more money for the paychecks of its members they say we need money to reduce class size. This is a ruse, but an effective one. It sounds so good but remember, teaching is a part time job, getting fulltime pay and benefits. Full time work is 2080 hours a year. Most teachers work 182 days a year times 8 hrs. a day will give you 1456 hrs., of work. They claim that they put in much more time grading papers. There is some truth to that, however most of the time the guy behind me graded my papers. How about you?
The Real problem was a general lack of respect for teachers by disruptive students, and the liberal attitude that nothing can be done about it.
The answer is that every school needs a couple 6’5” goons walking the halls. When a student becomes disruptive the teacher calls the goon squad and the urchin is escorted out to a waiting vehicle and he or she is transported to mommy or daddy for correction. Then mommy or daddy are billed for the service, and JR. gets a week added to the school year in the summer time to make up missed assignments and extra instruction in school rules and expectations.
All this can be waived if the parents sign a waiver and the disruptive one can be taken to the wood shed; where the board of education is applied to the seat of understanding.
Teachers brought this on themselves with the notion that they wanted to be the friend of the student rather than living up to the true meaning of the word teacher which is defined as the leader. There is nothing equal about being a leader
Every new class that a teacher takes on should be told the following “You are my class. From here there are two directions. You are either going up or you are going down. Up means you are learning and I will stretch you as far as I can. Down means you are not ready for this level of instruction and I am returning you to the appropriate level for retraining. ““No one is on idle here.”
Teachers! That is how you deal with the problem of large class sizes, and disruptive students.
The Knocker-!ism: Give them a reason not to be disruptive!
S. Henry Knocker