The Discipline Debate – Speak Softly or Carry a Big Stick


With the return to school, teachers are establishing their behavior plans and discipline methods in their classroom. Does your include a big stick?

Last spring, Newsweek published a story about a principal who turned his school around by instituting “paddling” for disruptive students.

With the permission of parents, students who commit “major offenses” are sent to principal David Nixon’s office at John C Calhoun Elementary in South Carolina. There, he calmly explains WHY they are being punished to directly correlate their behavior with their resulting punishment before giving them three licks.