As a teacher of 30 years experience here I am sadly compelled to agree with the depressing and critical comments on our current system. Too many students do not want to learn, and they are allowed to set the tone as there is no real discipline or means for enforcing it. It is common for children to behave outrageously and disruptively in classes, and for nothing to be done about it. it seems the system has deprived itself of any tools for dealing with such. Thus children see no reason to desist from such behaviour. we do them far more damage with this lack of discipline than any disciplinary punishment might do. The sad fact is that our primary school system, after years of budget cuts, appears to be gutted and that a serious proportion of children now arrive in seventh grade nowhere near the required academic levels and without study habits or discipline. by then it is too late and high schools do not have the resources to close the gaps that have been created.
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from the article: Israeli teacher's blog: I'd like to spray class with machine gun