Letters: Why student behavior matters
The Los Angeles Unified School District’s ban on student suspensions for “willful defiance” reminded me of when I was observing class as a requirement for my teaching credential roughly 40 years ago.
The teacher I was observing sent a defiant student out of the room. Not having had a classroom of my own yet, I still believed everything I had been told in my teacher training classes.
After class, I questioned the instructor, noting that the student sent out of the classroom wasn’t learning anything. Her reply: “Yes, but the rest of my students are.”
My question was off-base. The student was learning that there are consequences.
Why don’t schoolchildren have breakfast at home before they leave for school, and carry a paper bag with a sandwich and a small drink for lunch? It worked fine when I went
to school 75 years ago in Scandinavia.
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