We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I don't know about specific implementation in schools, but "getting the potential audience out of the way" is a good strategy on a psych ward, particularly with teenagers. People calm down quicker when there's no one to show off for. That's not just theory. Once you get used to implementing it, it works quickly.
It's less-effective but still better than other interventions with the kids who are out-of-control for neurological reasons, who don't have an effective "off" switch of their own. More people looking at them puts more energy into their system.
Assistant Village Idiot
I went to high school in Calgary, Canada, at St. Mary's Boys High School, run by Basilian priests and devout Catholic men.
We had poor kids, violent kids, sadly underprivileged native Indian kids, stupid kids, rich kids, smart kids, the usual mix of an inner city school.
We were all treated with love. And violence for misbehavior, the violence applied with love and kindness. We were all 'coddled', but their definition no longer applies.
Best thing that ever happened to me. Thanks again, Father Moran and all the others, especially Mr. Woodside who taught me more math than the Uni guys who gave me a degree in it.
I used to know a teacher that left teaching because of the administration's reaction to students bad, or even criminal, behavior. The teacher told me he had been assaulted and threatened with death and the administration did nothing. They would not remove these students from the class.
IN 1983 my daughter was in the 5th grade in San Bernardino. I went to her class one day and the class was quiet. All the students were working on math. My daughter and two other students were studying Algebra and the other students were in groups at different levels. The teacher, a 60 YO or so woman, was firmly in charge of her class and everyone was learning. She retired at the end of the calendar year, presumably she picked that time frame to maximize her retirement. I visited the class a few months later. It was bedlam. A 30 something male teacher and 2 teachers aides and the class was so loud the teacher took me outside to talk. No one was learning, no one was in any advanced instruction. After the "older" teachers left/retired the schools fell apart.