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Public education: Debating the classroom management issue

public schoolaBy Ardain Isma

CSMS Magazine

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Peter, an 8th grader at a middle school in Miami, is in a French class and he seems to have an excuse to get out of class every 15 minutes despite the fact that he fully understands the classroom’s policy regarding leaving class without permission. Ms. Laventure, the French teacher, objects to that, pointing out to all the disruption Peter’s coming-and-going is creating while hindering the learning process. This morning, Peter walks in with a fabricated pass and asks to leave for a meeting with his math teacher. “I know you have not been happy with me asking too many permissions to leave the class. Today, it’s urgent that I see my math teacher otherwise I will fail the class. I already have a pass,” he says between clinched teeth, handing the pass to Ms. Laventure.

“Let me call to confirm with your math teacher,” replies Ms. Laventure, taking a second look at the pass as if to vet its authenticity.

Peter pulls the pass out of Ms. Laventure’s hand, nearly rips it in the process, contracts his face and storms out of the door to the blazing eyes of the other students at attendance. “You’re not going to stop me from going to see my teacher,” he growls.

Please, help Ms. Laventure deal with the situation.

Note: Dr. Ardain Isma teaches Cross-Cultural Studies and Education at University of North Florida (UNF). He is a veteran educator and World Language for the Duval County Public Schools. He is the Chief Editor for CSMS Magazine. He may be reached at: publisher@csmsmagazine.org

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