Baltimore School Chooses Meditation Instead Of Detention.
On average, children spend most of their time in school, making memories, socializing, and learning about the world. Often times, kids will moan and groan and complain about going to class, but as adults, we understand the power of educating our children. The only problem is, school isn’t exactly a walk in the park for many kids. There’s teasing, bullying, and a strict code of conduct that, well, doesn't really make sense sometimes. Some “unruly” kids wind up spending a great deal of time stuck in detention over the silliest of things, which can range from forgetting a book to being "involved" in a physical altercation. Many folks believe this is an archaic disciplinary practice that is both unfair and illogical. Well, Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore is setting the example with their very own holistic approach to how they discipline their kids.
The Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore was stuck in a big conundrum.
Students weren’t following the rules, and sadly, physical violence was rampant among the community. The teachers were running out of ideas on how to approach the situation until two brothers came up with a genius plan.
A violent and negative environment is guaranteed to put a damper on a child’s education.
After all, how do we expect kids to focus on getting straight A’s if they’re surrounded by peer violence and a negative school environment? Ali and Atman Smith knew firsthand about the effects a dilapidating environment can have on your education. “There’s all these things just getting dumped on these kids,” Ali explained. “And they need a way to kind of deal with it,” he followed. We couldn’t agree more!
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If we want kids to be decent and functional members of society, then we need to set the example, right?
But Ali and Atman thought that schools weren’t doing a great job at disciplining their kids. The second a child made a mistake, the system would “punish them” with their one-size-fits-all type detention program. But punishing a kid over a mistake doesn’t fix the issue, it might even make it worse, according to research.
English Scholar Dr. Ruth Payne discovered that detention is actually less effective when it comes to correcting behavioral issues.
The way the detention system works is pretty ineffective as it is. It not only teaches kids that making a mistake, no matter how small it might be, is so bad it will instantly land you in detention, but it also fosters a negative relationship between the student and the teacher, as they will no longer see an authority figure as someone they could trust.
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That’s one of the reasons why educators should refrain from humiliating a student by calling them out on a mistake in front of the whole class.
Teachers must find better ways to approach the situation without using embarrassment and humiliation as techniques. Calling out a student in front of their friends will only make the teacher look like the enemy. We must focus on creating a bond of trust between students and teachers, and not foster an “us versus them” type of mentality at school.
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