Want to solve Florida's graduation rate? Kick out the troublemakers
Over many years covering graduation, we've heard teachers say that the best form of class-size reduction would be to let them choose who goes. They could reach a class of 29, many have affirmed, if they could just get rid of the 30th kid in the back row who causes so many problems.
For a teacher, having one of these kids in a class is like trying to teach with a string of firecrackers going off. He becomes a huge distraction and soaks up class time. Other students get caught up in the mayhem. Followers get led astray.
Put three or four of these kids in a class and the teacher's job becomes less about teaching and more about managing the situation. ...
For lack of a better plan, we let them sit in class and ruin school for the good kids.