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Want to solve Florida's graduation rate? Kick out the troublemakers

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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.

Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas suggests they might be on to something, especially if Florida is serious about improving its low high school graduation rate:

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.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:30am]

    

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