How many parents refuse to discipline their children because they are afraid of hurting their feelings? How many parents are afraid to discipline their children in public because they think someone will turn them in? Schools have long stopped applying discipline and the children know that and exploit that going so far as to tell teachers and aids to F off. Children get passed on to the next grade even if they are failing.
There IS a financial impact to those choices. By NOT dealing with disruptive children YOUR child’s future earnings are REDUCED…BIG!
Want to know more? Read the findings of a new study. Jay Fitzgerald, in the National Bureau of Economic Research tells us just what the impact is. If you think it’s ok for your and other children to be hurt by reducing future earnings because discipline is a lost art do nothing. If you think it’s ridiculous then contact your local school district and DEMAND new standards be put in place and enforced.
Teachers, parents, and researchers have long recognized that unruly students in classrooms can impact the quality of education for other pupils, but it has been difficult to estimate their impact. In The Long-Run Effects of Disruptive Peers (NBER Working Paper No. 22042), Scott E. Carrell, Mark Hoekstra, and Elira Kuka report that classroom disruptions lead to more than just short-term lower grades and test scores. They also harm the long-term college, career, and income prospects of other pupils.
Over the years, a growing body of research has established that classroom environments, including peer influences, can positively or negatively alter the course and quality of teaching and learning in schools. In a previous study, Carrell and Hoekstra showed how elementary school children from families linked to domestic violence disrupted behavior and learning in the classroom. Their analysis focused on short-term consequences of disruptive peer behavior, such as the effect on test scores. This new study explores impacts stretching years into the future.
The researchers combine data on disruptive peers in elementary schools in Alachua County, Florida, including information about test scores of children from families with histories of domestic violence, with data on high-school test scores, college enrolments, and early adult earnings of thousands of students who years earlier had disruptive peers in their elementary school classes.
They find that exposure to disruptive peers in childhood has significant long-run consequences for both educational achievement and earnings in early adulthood. They estimate that exposure to one additional disruptive student in a class of 25 throughout elementary school reduces math and reading test scores in grades 9 and 10 by 0.02 standard deviations and that, in the case of particularly disruptive elementary school students, such as young males exposed to domestic violence, there are larger effects on high school test scores and on college degree attainment. Specifically, exposure to a disruptive boy throughout elementary school reduces college degree attainment by two percentage points, or seven percent.
Exposure to an additional disruptive peer throughout elementary school leads to a three to four percent reduction in earnings at ages 24 to 28. One year of exposure to a disruptive peer in childhood decreases the present discounted value of classmates’ future earnings by around $100,000.
The researchers note that students from lower-income families are more likely to be exposed to disruptive peers in school, and that this may account for five to six percent of the “rich-poor earnings gap” in their early adult years. They conclude that these “findings illustrate the importance of peer composition in determining long-run educational attainment and labor market outcomes.”