US News & World Report: Why Schools Should Take a Restorative Approach to Discipline Issues

Note from Carrie: My newest piece for US News & World Report: “In the long run, however, punishing kids for misbehavior has not proven effective at changing children’s hearts and minds. Students who are punished grow even more hostile toward their targets, and they often threaten to retaliate against peers who report mistreatment to adults.”

Sept. 6, 2018, at 10:57 a.m.

WITH SCHOOL UNDERWAY again, now is the time to set the tone for the academic year, while the energy is palpable and the students are primed to absorb the culture of their classrooms. When the newness and excitement fade, there will be a predictable increase in frustrating classroom behavior and interpersonal conflicts.

Parents will be watching closely to see how teachers react to misbehavior, quick to offer their opinions – that a response is too lenient, too strict or too permissive – when their own children are affected.

Read the full story at US News and World Report.