TREND Spring 2020 | Page 32

As a 19-year-old Marine, I received a meritorious commendation for designing a logistics system and process for embarkation, which allowed for our unit to be deployed faster. Compiling and maintaining logistics support data, calculating combat logistics support requirements, and coordinating combat logistics functions to support Marine Corps operations and deployments were an emerging field made more difficult prior to the prevalence of computer systems. I have had a lifelong fascination with systems and processes ever since. unruly students take away from students who wish to learn. In order to maintain control in the classroom, policies must be clearly defined. Let’s be clear, today’s infractions are not chewing gum, being out of a seat, or throwing paper. Reports Systems and processes are what makes everything work, from the most complex to the seemingly insignificant. A system consists of interconnected and interdependent components organized to accomplish a specific goal. The processes are the things you do in order to make any given system work most efficiently. In education, all schools, regardless of where they are located, are very dependent on systems and processes for success. So why are teachers frequently often left out of the process? In the last six years, student discipline has been one of the major issues in Tennessee that educators cite as an issue that we must address. Common sense would indicate that more teacher participation in student discipline issues might improve job satisfaction, address teacher retention, and solve more student behavioral issues. Student discipline is one of the major reasons why teachers say they are leaving the profession. All educators understand that students will misbehave. However, classroom teachers hope that they have an administrator who reinforces and supports their authority to maintain discipline in the classroom. Unfortunately, not having a high-quality administrator at every school often means good discipline is even more difficult. Teachers set the discipline for their classrooms, but administrators set the culture for their school. Administrators that do not support classroom teachers and set lenient discipline policies end up creating learning environments where include offenses of a sexual nature, cursing teachers, fights, and sometimes even worse. Frequently students are allowed to do things in school that could land them in jail when, and if, they graduate. Student discipline is now a time-consuming and exasperating issue, and teacher input has rarely been solicited. Superintendents of School and Boards of Education can establish policies that can improve the process. One thing is certain - all it takes is one rebellious student who