There is an article in today's paper about growing discipline issues in the classroom. It says:
- 13.2% chatted in class in 1988 compared to 47.9% in 2008 (this seems too low)
- 1.5% read other books in class compared to 13.9% in 2008
I think there are a few more likely reasons. Many classes are boring lecture style classes and kids get bored and act badly. This is probably exacerbated by change to a faster moving/shorter attention span culture. As I mentioned before, kids sometimes sleep in class. They fall behind and then they do not understand anything and become bored. Again, bored kids act badly. Finally, the respect for teachers, while still much higher than the US, is diminishing. Too many kids feel it is OK to be disrespectful to their teachers.
Another paper has a story of another teacher who has solved this problem: "