Students behaving badlly is nothing new, but each year the problem seems to get worse, especially with teenage students. Being a student counsellor I have to deal with these things very often. Earlier it was students skipping classes, then it became text messaging and now a days with internet connected smart phones, students do unimmaginable things. Sites like MySpace, Facebook have made the world like a dating platform. Interest in studies seems to have gone down and students like to play video games (Wii, xbox etc..).
With people immigrating from all over the world, classrooms becoming more and more diverse but it sometimes leads to other issues like kids from same background sticking together and not sticking too well with others groups. Parents on the other hand just fulfill all demands of their kids (genuine or not), but when it comes to descipline they are very defensive towards their child and cannot see their child getting punished.
Question: I would like to know your thoughts and things you can think or do to counter such student behaviour problems.
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