Discipline in Middle Schools
How important it is to have administrative support in this area. Over the years we have been hard-pressed to find principals willing to risk the ire of parents and the press in establishing tough standards of behaviour in some areas. The very best schools have a time out room which wasn't fun, where a teacher can monitor students who are disinclined to allow their peers to get an education.
The Toronto District School Board is debating the issue of middle school students from leaving the school during lunch time [NP]. The theory is to prevent them from visiting convenience stores where they might access unhealthy on potato chips, chocolate bars, and caffeinated cola.
Aside from the health concerns, I think it a good idea to keep such kids on the property. I think they ought to keep unmonitored kids out of the hair of store owners.
It is impossible for the school to monitor the kids. I imagine store owners would rather keep kids away from potential trouble, and on school yards. Having worked in a middle school, I have seen the behaviour of kids, in the company of possibly trouble makers who may be prone to showing off in peer's company.
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