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Positive Discipline Encourages Students to Work Harder

Civics in the Community | May 28, 2014 | 3 Comments

Positive Discipline Encourages Students to Work Harder

Last week, students questioned what is the most effective way teachers should address disobedience in school in our #DoNowDiscipline post. We asked students, Explain what discipline looks like at your school. Are you more likely to change your behavior after receiving negative punishment or reinforcement and rewards for taking positive steps?

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Zero Tolerance Policies Are Too Harsh

Do Now Round-Ups | January 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

Zero Tolerance Policies Are Too Harsh

How much discipline is too much discipline? Last week, students across the nation discussed the benefits and harm behind disciplinary actions on students in school, particularly ones based on the zero tolerance policy in our #DoNowDiscipline post.

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Are School Discipline Policies Too Severe?

Do Now: Government and Civics | January 10, 2014 | 19 Comments

Are School Discipline Policies Too Severe?

The Obama administration is urging schools to review their school discipline policies to ensure they are not overly zealous and comply with civil rights law. The policies in question are often called zero tolerance rules, which hand out swift and strong punishment to those who break rules in school, and sometimes result in court action. After Texas passed its zero tolerance policy for school disciplinary issues in 1995, many students began receiving criminal citations for missing class, fighting, cursing and even throwing paper airplanes.

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