Discipline problems and bullying issues have been linked to Australian students falling behind. But are parents responsible?
FEDERAL Education Minister, Simon Birmingham, has demanded a “zero tolerance’’ approach to bad behaviour in Australian classrooms after two major international reports released today show some classes are so chaotic with “noise and disorder” that up to half of the students are unable to hear the teacher, reports Daily Telegraph.
The findings, in reports on the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), follow the release last year of student achievement in both the international tests.
Australian students were the equivalent of 1½ years behind Singapore’s students in science, a year behind them in reading, and 2⅓ years behind in maths, reports SMH.
Naughty and disruptive children have emerged as a major reason why Australian students are falling behind the rest of the world in key subjects including maths and science.
“By all measures, we have some of the world’s best teachers and school leaders helping students to achieve outcomes that are the envy of many other countries,” Senator Birmingham said.
“However, the warning signs in these reports make it clear that while we need to ensure our record levels of funding is being properly distributed according to need, it must also be tied to proven initiatives to boost outcomes.”
The reports link the underachievement of students in Australian schools to discipline problems and rampant bullying. About one-third of students in affluent schools and half of those in disadvantaged schools report that almost every class is affected by ill-discipline and students do not listen to the teacher.
“This research demonstrates that more money spent within a school doesn’t automatically buy you better discipline, engagement or ambition,” Mr Birmingham said.
“Ill-discipline or a bad attitude doesn’t only hurt the outcomes of the student who brings such an approach to school but can infect entire classrooms of students.”
The Program for International Student Assessment, which assessed 14,500 15-year-olds at 758 schools, found Australia scored “significantly lower than the OECD average” for classroom discipline levels.
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