You think the U.S. has problems with unruly students? I just got back from Turkey. Our guide in Istanbul was a former high school English teacher who said he quit because students are out of control.
Then, on a boat trip, I met a young woman who teaches physics at an Istanbul high school. She said her job is miserable because students are unmotivated and poorly behaved. She said private schools enforce discipline; in public schools, students know there are no consequences for cutting or disrupting class.
Israeli schools demand little of students, complains Nehemia Shtrasler in Haaretz.
Instead of forcing students to behave properly, we allow them to run wild and interfere in class in the name of “students’ rights.” They have turned into customers, and school teachers have become suppliers who are commanded to find favor with their customers.
All teaching is geared to the national tests, writes Shtrasler, and once students finish their exams in the spring, there’s no motivation to teach or learn.