While it's valid to discuss artists' resistance of oppression _through their art_,
it is not the same as a student who is throwing clay, stealing supplies to make a pipe,
vandalizing another student's work, deliberately pouring ink on the floor, gouging the
tabletops, writing obscenities regarding other students with permanent
markers...certainly these are forms of expression, but THEY ARE INAPPROPRIATE FORMS.
THEY ARE NO LONGER ATTEMPTING TO CREATE ART, BUT TO GET ATTENTION.
In some cases, it's necessary to deal harshly and publicly with certain behaviors before
other students are "infected." There are always students who for some reason have a lot
of power, and are able to subtly control the attitudes of an entire class, for better or
worse. I've seen it both ways.
A chronically disruptive student most likely is not "condemning the underlying
repressive ideologies that characterize schooling in general," nor "resisting certain
forms of pedagogy," but is acting out more deep-seated problems. These students, of
course, deserve our patience and understanding and some one-on-one; however, if it
interferes with other students' learning or safety, then hell, yeah, I'm going to take
Tell us how you have actually dealt with disruption in the classroom.
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