Teachers as Prison Guards

Note the special focus on destroying charter schools. Your school needs to be independent, and not a charter school, as the Secularist State still controls the purse strings… and you.

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Ted Kord · Follow Geology/Earth Science Educator (1998–present)

California’s AB 1729…was promoted as a way to give schools more flexible tools in dealing with habitually defiant students, I’ll return to those “tools” a little bit later. Ab 1729 was followed up with AB 420 which pretty much banned expulsion for defiance. As if that wasn’t bad enough the legislature then went on to pass SB 419 Bans ‘Willful Defiance’ Suspensions in Grades K-8, especially in charter schools.

These three laws basically force teachers and other students to simply put up with high levels of disruption, and even chaos in the classroom. Basically, with the legislatures’s approval the most disruptive students can now tell your son and daughter…

The brilliant writer and podcaster Michael Malice

has, on numerous occasions, said “public schools are literal prisons for children and the only time many people will ever encounter physical violence in their lives.

The first time I heard him say this I was offended. Then I thought about the actual conditions that exist these days and realized that he was correct. Children today are being locked into facilities with students who are emotionally disturbed (which could mean anything from psychotic to sadistic) with no outlet to remove those disturnbed kids for even short periods of time. Without the traditional outlets (suspension and expulsion) teachers are forced to teach like they’re prison guards. A moment’s innatention or a sign of weakness can lead to serious disruption or someone being hurt.

No teacher I know entered the profession to be a prison guard. Teaching like things could suddenly get out of hand if you let down your guard isn’t fun. Teaching like someone could get hurt or chaos could break down if you relax a little bit is stressful. I’ve seen it take a toll on the health and mental health of teachers. It’s burning teachers out. Those burnouts aren’t leaving the profession, they need the paycheck and health insurance. So they stay put an go through the motions. But the system has stripped them of what made them want to be teachers.

Now let’s circle around to those new tools for dealing with student behavior. From what I’ve seen the main tool is an endless supply of second chances, sometimes with a letter of apology for a behavior that the student has every intention of repeating the very next day.

Another new tool is a room clear, where teachers remove all the other students from the classroom so one student can go all “Hulk smash!” without risk of someone getting hurt.

In reality, there were no new tools for dealing with defiant behavior. Teachers just have to absorb a lot more defiance, disrespect and abuse from students. They also had to jump through more hoops before we can use the old tools. It also means that the defiance has to escalate to even worse behaviors before the student faces consequences.

A couple years ago I had a student who was habitually defiant and seemed to pepper every conversation with at least a few F-words and Sh-words. Instead of asking for a bathroom pass he’d come up and say, “I gotta take a shit.” But even worse, he would refuse to work as he preferred that someone give him answers. And if I wouldn’t give him answers, he would wander the room trying to cheat off of others right in front of me. Despite his habitual defiance, this student was never suspended for defiance. It was only after he threatened to “kick the ass” of a substitute teacher or “beat the ass” of an autistic student did he face any real consequences. By the end of the semester, it was a constant struggle to keep him from disrupting class full time.

And if you’re getting a mental picture of a black or Hispanic street tough, think again. This was a self entitled white kid with expensive clothes who made a point of talking ghetto. So I also had to see this every day and he defiantly refused to pull his pants up.

Now I haven’t gotten to the worst part. The laws are so broadly written that they make it hard to discipline students for things other than defiance.

One memorable student broke into one of the biology labs and stole 2 digital scales. When they caught him, he had the scales in his backpack along with a book on how to grow and sell marijuana. Administration didn’t think they could suspend this student for stealing valuable and expensive lab equipment because his parents had not been previously contact for stealing scales. Yes it’s that absurd.

That student would eventually be transferred into my class because he was defiant and abusive to a female teacher. They couldn’t stop the behavior, so they moved him into my class. I’m a 6′2″, 250lb martial artist so they figured that if his behavior escalated, it was safer to have him in my class.

The lack of discipline taught this student an important but dangerous message, that he could get away with doing what ever he wanted. Shortly after graduation, he made the local news for a one-day crime spree that included multiple instances of purse snatching.

The worst thing about AB 1729, AB 420, and SB 419 is the harm it’s doing to kids. I’m not talking about the kids who come to school to learn. Yes it’s hurting them. But the kids these laws are hurting most is the kids with behavior problems. I grew up fatherless and in unstable circumstances. I had lots of bad influences and acted out. I was a discipline problem. But I was sent to a Catholic school for 3 years and the teachers there used assertive discipline to mold me into a productive member of society. So Instead of snatching purses from little old ladies, I’m a professional with 2 masters degrees.

Letting kids get away with defiance is not helping them, it’s hurting them.

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