Isn’t it possible that U.S. public schools have gone too far in the direction of accommodating the disruptors at the expense of everyone else? Been guilty of “defining deviancy down,” in Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s words? As Eduwonk Andy wrote yesterday, it’s probably because charter schools are willing (and able) to enforce discipline that they are so popular with parents. That wouldn’t be true if they had to retain chronic disrupters.Yes, there is a social waste in deeming eight-year-olds to be chronic disrupters. There is also social waste in allowing a few chronic disrupters to prevent any learning from taking place.
STOP ENABLING DYSFUNCTION, YOU'LL GET LESS OF IT.
New year, same theme. I'll have more to say about it in the coming days, but I'll let Michael J. Petrilli (via Joanne Jacobs) open the conversation.