Change balance of power

CAMPBELL Newman's new plan to try to gain control of the state's classrooms seems to have good intentions, but who is going to police it?

Mr Newman wants wayward students assigned to weekend detention and community service-like programs.

It all sounds good in theory but money needs to be spent to pay someone to look after the so-called trouble makers.

If you listen to our teachers they are already overworked, I can't see them lining up to work Saturdays as well.

To me what is needed in the school system is for teachers to have more authority to deal out appropriate punishment in a timely manner.

Too many teachers, and rightly so, seem concerned about the legal consequences of punishing students, while too many students think they have the God-given right to act however they please in class.

The power balance in the classroom needs to change before real reform can happen.

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