To discipline or not to discipline? That is the current question in regards to school discipline. What researchers have found is that punitive discipline simply does not work, in fact it actually makes the situation far worse. They have even found the discipline that uses a reward system still falls very short and just reinforces a strong arm approach. This approach in turn, causes stress and trauma. The good news is that there are other methods that are far more effective such as collaboration and group problem solving.
- Many teachers and educators are starting to learn about the impact of chronic stress and trauma on children and their behavior.
- Schools are still relying on the old school ways of disciplining children which can increase higher drop out rates and lower grades.
- There are alternative methods that can help build skills and limit trauma and challenging behavior via students such as collaborative problem solving.
“So, let’s harness that opportunity and turn trauma-informed principles into concrete, actionable strategies that transform school discipline.”