The El Paso Tribune - El Paso Texas Political Commentary
Date: January 3, 2003

Karen Slaton Article on Target

As an educator, I found the Article by Karen Slaton to be right on target. Most teachers spend 60 to 70% of their day managing the classroom and it is often difficult to complete one task during the school day, let alone many.

Two key issues would eliminate much of the issues in classrooms today: uniforms and discipline. By issuing a mandate to make students wear uniforms and shoes (not sneakers), more household money would be available for supplies that the school department cannot provide. By instituting same day detention and very strict disciplinary measures, teachers could again focus on teaching instead of managing.

It is true that the future depends on the children...the present belongs to those school departments that have little regard for making the tough decisions that are needed to bring education back to the future.

Norma Marshal

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