Blog: The Educated Reporter

Story idea: Where detention is not an option.

You can’t send a 21-year-old to the principal’s office. You might not even be able to convince people that behavior problems plague a college class. These are grown-ups who want to be there—right?

I have always wondered if the discipline issues I see in high school classrooms—not the quiet stuff like cheating but the outwardly disruptive behaviors that prevent an instructor from getting a lesson across—magically go away once students are at university. A letter to Community College Dean, who blogs for Inside Higher Ed, suggests they don’t. Behavior problems in college courses, and whether professors get or seek any help solving them, would be an interesting topic for journalists to look into.