In worldwide studies, the Israeli educational system heads the charts in school violence. I just read today that in learning achievements, we are at the bottom of the chart of Western world countries. Just forty or fifty years ago, our kids were the world leaders in math and science. What happened? Students were put so far in the center that teachers were pushed off the stage. I agree that students are important and that the focus shouldn't only be on the teacher. On the other hand, the teacher must still be a figure of authority and have power. Otherwise, why would students bother to listen to him and learn from him? When there is a hotline informing students of their rights, but not of their school requirements / rules - why should they bother to do anything? When teachers have no power to throw kids out of class, suspend them, etc., why should students pay attention to them? Furthermore, teachers are paid so badly that society no longer respects them.
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