I was a guest teacher in a Jeruasalem boy's high school. I taught one class that was part of the religious track, and one that wasn't. The one that wasn't was evidently more precocious, undisciplined, unfocused. I teach in Los Angeles Unified School District where kids, though not brighter, tend to be more respectful. One of the biggest problems and reason for Israeli kids' unruliness is that teachers are itinerant. They travel from class to class, sometimes school to school, while kids stay put. This sends a bad message. Authority is territorial. A teacher's class is his/her domain and imparts to kids, intuitively, that a person's turf is to be respected. Beyond that, parents can be called in to observe their kids in the classroom and school must support teachers with clearly-defined consequences. Teachers need to be highly organized and good at what they do. I must have done well because I was offered a job though I was unable to take it at the time.
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