I have just concluded reviewing your special section on discipline in public schools. Why in the world would someone want to become a teacher when a major focus relates to how to keep teachers and their students safe from disruptive students in their classrooms?
I realize that “restorative justice” is what Fresno Unified School District is using, but based on recent incidents, it doesn’t seem to be working. Where are the parents in the process? Why are our teachers being made into security police? Why doesn’t your article cover the process used in successful school districts? I suspect there are such districts and that they have a firm set of policies regarding disruptive behavior that each student and parents understands.
Actions have consequences, no exceptions. Let’s teach these soon-to-be adults that in the real world, their actions have consequences. Our schools need to stop focusing so much time on the 2 percent who don’t want to learn and focus on the 98 percent who want to learn. For the sake of our children, let our teachers teach is a safe environment by removing these disruptive students from the classroom.
Gerald Waters, Fresno