There exists a simple and effective remedy to the problem of rampant "lack of discipline" described in your May 13 editorial, "Teachers Need Upper Hand." Grant teachers the authority to peremptorily remove disruptive students from their classes.
Just as attorneys are able to exclude jurors from serving at trials, teachers should be able to permanently remove students whose behavior is so disruptive that it makes teaching impossible. When I suggested this to one of my more insightful students, he commented, "But that would change the nature of society." I replied, "Exactly."
Gov. Terminator, are you listening? Let's say "Hasta la vista" to the small percentage of students and their enabling parents who destroy the classroom learning environment.
Venice High School
After working in the film business for many years, I took a job as a substitute teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Very quickly I was given a long-term assignment at a good school in the San Fernando Valley. Usually I enjoyed the students, and my administrators routinely called me a natural. My evaluations were superb. As a voracious student of history myself, I knew the subject matter I was teaching.