'Restorative Practices': Discipline But Different
When the student-government president here at City Springs Elementary/Middle School turned into the class clown last school year and began treating teachers disrespectfully, administrators had many options for how to deal with him, including sending him home for a few days to cool his heels.
But the "restorative practices" approach the school uses took educators in a different direction. They called the boy's mother to work out a punishment that would be more fitting. Her idea: Strip him of his title. The school agreed and also required the student to tell the whole school at an assembly that he didn't deserve to be president.
It was the same sort of scenario, on a smaller scale, that any politician found in the wrong...
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