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Student discipline

New York Teacher

(A longer version of this letter appeared in The Chief.)

Regarding “A better approach to student discipline” [President’s Perspective, April 4], I would suggest new ideas might be considered. There is a subtle violence against the students (and teachers) where publishers of curriculum aligned with the Common Core learning standards and other prescriptive directives serve the bottom line of these publishers and tie the hands of teachers — who are blamed for low reading scores.

The students who miss the opportunity to develop literacy become disruptive. There is a path to prevent violence in schools: returning education to the professionals, the academics and the teachers.

Joseph Mugivan, retired

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