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Taking A Different Approach to Kids and Bad Behavior

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Writer Katherine Reynolds Lewis, in Mother Jones, examines the latest approaches to addressing children and discipline—most notably, that timeouts, negative consequences, and other traditional punishments might not be as effective in many cases as helping kids manage their own emotions. It’s based on “Collaborative and Proactive Solutions,” a program that was developed by psychologist Ross Greene (author of The Explosive Child):

In 2004, a psychologist from Long Creek Youth Development Center, a correctional center in South Portland, Maine, attended one of Greene’s workshops in Portland and got his bosses to let him try CPS. Rodney Bouffard, then superintendent at the facility, remembers that some guards resisted at first, complaining about “that G-D-hugs-and-kisses approach.” It wasn’t hard to see why: Instead of restraining and isolating a kid who, say, flipped over a desk, staffers were now expected to talk with him about his frustrations. The staff began to ignore…

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The Public School Does More than Educate

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The Public School Does More than Educate

by Duane Sharrock

In the United States, schools are not only places to educate students. Each school is a “point of contact” or a “hub”, for various kinds of services and organizations. In addition to special education services, other services are often provided: health (including mental health), crisis interventions, temporary shelters for the impoverished (where food is provided as well), the school directs traffic to social services programs, community programs, and recreational programs. Some schools include “student resource officers” (i.e. police) and may house a probation officer, as well. Standardized testing, expert witnesses, character witnesses, and other kinds of observations and observers are cited in research for criminal investigations, scholarly exploration, and historical documentation. Lately, education has begun to include social and emotional skills instruction, as well. People may complain that the nation is becoming…

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