DR. WALLACE: Why are our public schools like a war zone? The teachers and administrators are not in control; the “rough-neck” students are. What is it going to take for our schools to once again become a place where students receive a quality education?
I realize that this is a difficult question to answer, but I will be pleased if you will give it a try. — Mother, Merrillville, Ind.
MOTHER: Any time you place hundreds of younger children or teens on a 10- to 40-acre campus, strong discipline must be the rule. That’s why some schools have allowed the students to be in control.
A strong student discipline program is mandatory for students to receive a quality education. The school rules should be reviewed and explained at the beginning of each school year and strictly enforced from the beginning. Both students and parents need to be made aware of the consequences for breaking the rules.
It is not easy to maintain control, but it can, and is, being done by many school districts. Also, remember that society today is more out of control than it was generations ago and schools are a reflection of the way our society acts as a whole.
If all parents would have excellent control of their children, inspired by love, compassion, and fair discipline, our schools would present a much better atmosphere for learning!
DR. WALLACE: How important is it for a family to have smoke detectors in the home? Our family has two parents and five children, and we don’t have any smoke detectors. The reason is that my stepdad thinks that we all could escape if a fire broke out because we have evacuation routes and practice them every month. My stepdad thinks that the noise from a smoke detector only causes panic. He says that Nellie, our dog, would bark and wake him up.