I couldn't agree with you more. You should really congratulate yourself for your no-******** approach; this is something which takes guts to execute but that is just so important. If school rules are neglected and this then goes un-punished, how is a school ever expected to exercise any kind of real control/authority over their pupils? The 'cool' teachers should be ashamed of themselves - they make it harder for those of us who do our job properly. But at the same time, we have to accept that some teachers are just always going to be more popular than others, discipline or no discipline. This is inevitable. Some just have that banterous approach come naturally to them. Others have the kind of subjects that allow them to be a bit more playful - art, sport ( http://www.bikester.co.uk/ ) for example. This cannot be helped, but teachers neglecting the discipline system can be.