Lesson 4: Disciplining with Natural and Logical Consequences

We now live in a world where democracy, while not universally practiced, is widely recognized as the preferred manner in which individuals within a society should relate to one another. This perception, the product of a millennial-long evolution of cultural hopes and ideals, has become an intrinsic element of human expectation; particularly in the western world, even children expect their personhood to be honored and respected. Therefore, the old, authoritarian methods of punishment and reward–based on the idea of dominant adults and submissive children–have lost much of their effectiveness in impacting student behavior. In fact, attempts to influence behavior through coercion usually have the effect of exacerbating rather than diminishing disruptive behavior.

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