providing it does not burden them with more work, but say the real problem is that staff are ill-prepared to deal with bad behaviour."
Well perhaps the teacher training colleges should wake up and realise that dealing with bad behaviour is an integral part of a teacher's job - always has been, and always will be. I'm fed up with hearing teachers moaning on and on about how hard they work, and how they don't get enough support - either from their employers, the parents, or from the community at large.
I work hard, you work hard, we all work hard (or at least most of us do), and we don't constantly whinge about how difficult it all is. Every teacher was once a pupil, and no doubt witnessed bad behaviour in the classroom - it goes with the territory. They saw at first hand how the kind of behaviour their own teachers had to deal with. How then do most of them seem to forget all about it when they choose to become teachers themselves - they knew what they were letting themselves in for, surely?
Now that I've got that off my chest I can do a little bit of an about turn and say that I can, to a degree see the logic in trying to get disfunctional parents to understand that they can't simply abdicate responsibility when it comes to their childrens behavioural problems. Real problem behaviour - and here I'm not just talking about drawing a silly picture of Miss on the blackboard - almost always has its causal roots in the home, and any initiative that seeks to address that directly is probably a good thing. I say 'probably' because its success would depend on the way it was structured, and on the cooperation of all concerned - teachers can't dodge the extra work involved and leave it to everyone else.