If you are talking about education there is one universal truth; there is a discipline problem in our schools. The discipline problem is a plague, it hurts the very foundation of the educational system… but why is there such a problem? Is it because God is banned and prayer has been lost? Is it because corporal punishment is no longer acceptable? Is it a political problem or is politics the problem? It looks as if there is no definite answer to these questions, but there is a lot to blame.
To put it lightly, teachers have a very difficult job. All those professionals who began their careers in college thinking of never ending summer vacations must be kicking themselves now! Between angry, over protective parents and a profession that is more and more unappreciated, the teaching field has one of the highest rates of employee turnover according to the National Education Association.
PublicAgenda.org recently gave some insight into these questions by way of press release and their information was disturbing.
Here are the numbers:
1/3 of teachers leave after three years. 46% are gone within five. 56% of teachers who leave cite job dissatisfaction and a desire to find an entirely new career as their main complaint.
78% of teachers have said students quickly retort back to remind them that they have rights or that their parents can sue.
49% reported they have been accused of unfairly disciplining a student.
55% stated that districts backing down from pushy parents causes discipline problems in the nation’s schools.
These numbers give valuable insight into the reasons discipline is a problem in our schools. The first of which is rules are there for a reason. What lesson does it teach a young man or woman that if they break a rule they can call their parents in and harass a school official into submission? Over half of teachers nationally have stated this is a major issue. Parents of course are always going to defend their children and in this age of lawsuits it’s understandable that schools are nervous, but if there are rules they must be enforced.
Another issue is new teachers are not trained on how to handle disciplinary issues with students. While 85% of teachers nationally believe new teachers are particularly unprepared to deal with behavior problems, this causes a major issue in discipline. Imagine going to medical school and upon graduating you find yourself in the ER, yet you were never trained to take blood.
More than 1 in 3 teachers stated their colleagues in their school had left because student discipline was such an issue, and the same number considered leaving themselves. Many complained about being more in the crowd control business than in teaching.
It seems there is no end in sight. All the statistics have shown is that there is indeed a problem. The majority of teachers no longer wish to teach, students have attitudes, and parents are unhappy. We stand again at the original question, how do we come together and fix our schools?