Drug taking, learning, and vocational education
The article below reveals what those of us in the sector know - Marijuana is a huge problem in the vocational sector, and no one except the tutors ever talk about or acknowledge it. I have had many experiences with students who are as high as a kite in my classes. It is very difficult to deal with for several reasons.
Number one: The learners don't retain ANY of the content they engage with while stoned. It's often back to square one - again.
Number two: If you expel the learners you have ended their last opportunity for success. The stakes are VERY high. The argument about them taking responsibility for their actions breaks down when you realise the Government took responsibility for their actions long ago. That train has left the station. Think through what the outcome is and comment if you want me to add to this.
Number three: In certain sectors (see horticulture and agriculture below) it is not restricted to several learners but typically the majority.
Waiariki appear to be doing a GREAT job, with their tough but supportive approach. Way to go guys.
Read the article below or click the title.