Teachers will be allowed to discipline

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Teachers will be allowed to discipline
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Thu, 07-08-2010 - 4:15pm

Should the US follow London's lead on something like this?

Teachers will be allowed to 'discipline unruly pupils'

(AFP) – 1 day ago

LONDON — Head teachers in England will be given wider powers to search pupils for alcohol, mobile phones and drugs, the government said on Wednesday, as it unveiled a raft of new measures aimed at restoring "discipline in the classroom."

Under current rules, school staff can only search pupils if they suspect they are hiding weapons.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said head teachers "are too often constrained by regulations which inhibit them from maintaining control of the classroom."

"Today we are removing red tape so that teachers can ensure discipline in the classroom and promote good behaviour," he added.

From September, teachers will be allowed to search pupils for alcohol, drugs and stolen property, as well as mobile phones, MP3 players, cameras, pornography, fireworks, cigarettes and so-called "legal highs".

In other measures set out by Gibbs, rules allowing teachers to use physical force to remove unruly students from the classroom will be simplified, and teachers facing accusations of malpractice will be granted anonymity.

"Ministers wish to put an end to rumours and malicious gossip about innocent teachers which can ruin careers and even lives," Gibbs said.

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Thu, 07-08-2010 - 6:02pm

In the US the current rules are much more helpful. School boards can set policy on random searches of lockers and cars, random drug screening, dress codes, use of technology in the building etc. We must have reasonable cause for individual actions

Sherry

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008
Thu, 07-08-2010 - 9:32pm

"In my state we recently passed a law to supposedly protect teachers from law suits and damage claims for intervention in fights or out of control behavior."

That's fantastic Sherry!

My husband is taking a law class right now for his principals license. He is learning a LOT!

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