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Albert Shanker for 25 years was the columnist for Where We Stand in the New York Times and also president of the American Federation of Teachers His article on the Real Victims addressed the need for alternative programs to resolve violence and disorder in schools He agrees with Education reformers about setting high standards for students to achieve But its worthless Shanker argues if students are continually in fear of a stray bullet hitting them or classes ruled by disruptive students Shanker opens with an example of school violence how it terrified one student witnessing the stabbing of another student Fearful of herself being stabbed too the girl dropped out of school but managed to earn a GED and further her education into college Not many could follow the footsteps of this successful girl Shanker warns Many students he states are scared and disarrayed and lost to school and learning He gives an example of disruption and how if not equally more damaging it is when compared to school violence If there is one student that is disruptive in a class then the teachers time will be spent on trying to contain this student rather than attend the many who want to learn Shanker states As a consequence Shanker concludes this will wreck the concentration of the many learning students in that class There is a high level of tolerance for this kind of behavior he states and school officials seem to be at a loss Shanker claims that students carrying guns or drugs or who have been violent to other students have simply been transferred to another school and those students who are chronically disruptive seem to deserve more tolerance He states that little is done to kids who keep others from learning As a result of this failure to remedy the problem Shanker observes that parents that are very much aware of the situation go for vouchers and tuition tax credits Hoping that
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