Lesson 7: Understanding the Misbehaving Student

Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs says that there is a worldwide movement toward democracy and that this movement can be seen not only among nations but also in our families and schools. Our children believe that they have a right to participate in the democratic process–which helps explain the questioning of authority that is now commonplace in our homes and classrooms. While this tendency on the part of students to question and to assert themselves can be stressful for us adults, it is a trait that will serve our children well as adults.

As a means of giving us some insights into why people behave as they do, Dr. William Glasser has developed an understanding of human behavior called “control theory.” A basic tenet of control theory is that all human beings, including students, control their own behavior and choose what they do. Glasser says that these behavioral choices are made in an attempt to fulfill our basic human needs.

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