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ERIC Number: ED306644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Discipline of Discipline.
Lane, William C., Jr.
The discipline of discipline is the cornerstone upon which educators should build the other disciplines. Teaching responsibility for one's actions must stand beside the teaching of writing, reading, and arithmetic. Discipline cannot be mastered when stifled with negative reward systems and punishment. This paper describes a comprehensive discipline policy developed by Dunbar Middle School in Fort Meyers, Florida, a racially mixed, lower middle class community. In fall 1985, a committee comprised of the assistant principal, several teachers, and a guidance counselor drafted a discipline plan based on choices and consequences (adapted from Lee Canter's discipline system). The plan outlines acceptable and unacceptable behavior and positive and negative consequences. Since students choose their behavior, they must have clear, concise guidelines, combined with fair and consistent consequences. All teachers follow the same system of three warnings, sending a notice to parents on the third warning. Students are sent to a time-out room on their fourth and each subsequent decision to disregard a rule. The time-out room is a place where students examine their behavior, explore options, and strengthen their skills in basic content areas. Other program features are explained at length. Data collected during three consecutive school years suggest that the new plan has been very effective in fostering responsible behavior choice. Discipline referrals dropped from 316 to 169 between February 1986 and February 1988. Discipline is no longer equated with punishment, but is a regular part of the school's curriculum. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida