Bad Ideas for Dealing with the Behaviour CrisisApril 22, 2007
Unlike most areas of policy, everyone has an opinion on education, apparently hardwired into their heads from their own school days. This means that a lot of the debate that gets started on various forums about entries in this blog looks a lot like this:
Oldandrew has described how bad discipline is in schools. He is wrong to think that the answer to this is to improve discipline. Bad behaviour in schools is actually a result of …..
Because people have such entrenched views about education they see everything written about the state of the schools as merely confirming what they thought all along, no matter how obscure the connection to school discipline, allowing the writer to suggest a panacea to behaviour problems that just so happens to be what they wanted to happen all along anyway. This writer on the TES website is even able to blame behaviour on …spelling!
The following are the main suggestions that are presented as a way of dealing with behaviour despite having little or nothing to do with the issue:
- Make Lessons More Fun
- Bring Back Selection
- End Compulsory Education
- Have More Vocational Subjects
- End Parental Choice
In the next few days I intend to look at each in turn and discuss whether they would actually improve behaviour.