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Document Number: 5171

Teaching Interrupted: Do Discipline Policies in Today's Public Schools Foster the Common Good? - This report suggests that a handful of misbehaving students are making learning more challenging for everyone, and parents who threaten to sue schools that discipline their students are only making matters worse. Presenting the findings of surveys of 725 middle and high school teachers and 600 parents of middle and high school students nationwide, this report paints the picture of a modern-day school where teachers are disciplined or fear undergoing discipline for disciplining students. The results also cover respondents’ perceptions on the causes of student behavior problems, the best ways to discipline students and more. One finding: 82% of teachers and 74% of parents believe “parents’ failure to teach their children discipline” is the number one cause of students’ bad behavior in U.S. schools. (Public Agenda, May 2004)...


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