Some schools are proud of the disciplinary actions that they have in place for students who are disruptive, but it may not be that effective for everybody. It has been shown that some students are actually more prone to the troublesome behavior when they are disciplined in this manner. Teachers are trained to detect stress in some students and understand that this stress in their every day life is more likely to cause them to exhibit this bad behavior.
- Students with trauma histories lack the skills, not the will, to behave well.
- So-called “progressive discipline” has negative consequences for both students and teachers.
- There are effective forms of discipline that don’t revolve around the use of power and control.
“Not only do punitive interventions not work with traumatized students, they can do developmental damage and make matters worse.”