Thursday, December 18, 2008

December 29, 2008


This is Part XXII in our series on the "PRIDE" Methodologies for IRM. In this edition we describe the activities of Phase 1, "Data Base Study & Evaluation" in the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM).

The full text for this section can be obtained by clicking: HERE.

NEXT UP: Phase 2, "Application Logical DB Design" of the "PRIDE"-Data Base Engineering Methodology (DBEM).

If you would like to discuss this with me in more depth, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail.

Keep the faith!

OUR BRYCE'S LAW OF THE WEEK therefore is...

"Data is stored; Information is produced."


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Caroline Haynes is my new hero. A lot of you may be saying "Who the heck is Caroline Haynes?", particularly those of you outside of the United Kingdom, but Ms. Haynes is a school principal who recently caught the attention of the press when she started to implement strict discipline in the classroom. I've never had the pleasure of actually meeting Ms. Haynes, but I have been doing a lot of reading about her recently. She is with the Tendring Technology College in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, UK, a secondary school which, when translated to the American equivalent, is a private school for children ages 11-19.

What makes her story interesting is that she adopted a zero-tolerance policy on student discipline at her school under the premise that bad behavior effects the culture of learning. She is quoted as saying, "It stands to reason that a lax policy on discipline will result in increased bad behaviour."

Whereas government policy encourages more tolerance in terms of youth discipline, Ms. Haynes has adopted an opposing policy that has resulted in 478 suspensions in one year at a school with 1,880 pupils (25%). Currently, she is averaging two suspensions every day for bad behavior. Swearing at teachers, classroom disruptions, drugs, fighting, and bad attitudes are simply not tolerated. Her tactics may sound somewhat radical in a permissive society, but you cannot deny her results. Since cracking down on discipline, student passing rates jumped from 48% to 74%, a substantial increase. Ms. Haynes said, "Our policy immediately bore fruit. Exam results have soared. I'm very proud."

For full test results at Tendring, click HERE.

Now, instead of adversarial relationships and tension in the classroom, students are free to concentrate on their studies and are improving noticeably. Now for the kicker; I'm told students like the discipline and prefer it over chaos. This is consistent with what I have been saying that people tend to thrive in a structured environment that is well organized and leadership is strong, whether it is in school or in business. It eliminates distractions thereby allowing people to focus and be more productive. Further, it brings consistency to work products and promotes craftsmanship. People not only need a little discipline, they actually prefer operating in such a manner which improves communications and gives them a sense of direction.

You have heard me say we need some real heroes these days, people to be emulated. Well, Ms. Haynes is one that gets my vote. In an age where discipline is spurned, she offers tangible proof of the benefits that can be derived from a little law and order in our daily lives.

For more information on Ms. Haynes, see the following TELEGRAPH story or THE INDEPENDENT story.

Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week.

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Folks, a couple of years ago I started to include my "Pet Peeve of the Week" in these "Management Visions" podcasts. They have become so popular that I now syndicate them through the Internet and they are available for republication in other media. To this end, I have created a separate web page for my writings which you can find at Look for the section, "The Bryce is Right!" Hope you enjoy them.

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I received the following e-mail regarding my Pet Peeve on "Crud":

An L.T. of Fall River, Massachusetts wrote...

"Reading this and nodding my head at all the piles of crud I have surrounding me. Years ago I picked up a tip and have tried sticking to it. For everything you decide you must keep two other items must go. If not for this rule I would not be able to find my front door. Even so the crud still piles up."

A D.T. of Raleigh, Norh Carolina wrote...

"I am a hobbyist and tinkerer. I love gadgets, cars, and such. My garage is full of odds and ends - old electronics and what-not that may work (or may not) and have very limited (if any) actual future value - not monetary, but usefulleness or potential for usefullness. A loft in my garage is full of odd lengths of lumber - 2x4s, trim wood, moulding, etc. I have bins full of peices of metal - angle iron, square and round tubing, flat stock, etc. Drawers full of nuts, bolts, washers, and more containers (oh how I love containers!) - margerine tubs, coffee cans, jars... Some of this, I think, stems from growing up not having much - I feel very hesitant to part with anything, with the looming concern that 'if' we ever need it again, we'll be forced to purchase a whole new one (if we can even find such an artifact)! I know that many people raised around the depression or WWII generation (rationing, devastation after the war, etc.) have similar hoarding habits, when allowed to do so. I was born in 1970, so I don't have those inclinations necessarily, but it may have been influence from my grandparents, who raised me for much of my childhood. I need to clean out my garage (as well as my house) of all this 'crud' but that nagging voice in my head keeps telling me: 'what if you might need it?' and admonishes me: 'you never know...'"

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  • You make some good points above.
    However, I also think that this can be helpful to you:
    The book and Training Video: PREVENTING Classroom Discipline Problems

    If you can get this book and video: [they are in many libraries, so you don't have to buy them] email me and I can refer you to the sections of the book and video [that demonstrates the effective vs. the ineffective teacher] that can help you.

    If your library does not have them, you can get them at:

    that are also used at this online course:

    See: Reviews at:

    If you cannot get the book or video, email me anyway, and I will try to help.

    Best regards,


    Howard Seeman, Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus,
    City Univ. of New York

    Prof. Seeman

    By Blogger ProfSeeman, At 7:52 PM  

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