First, I want to thank you for your careful response and insightful response. I agree with you on many levels, but not entirely.
Second, while I write on the injustice side of my experience, which certainly comes across bleak, and has in many cases been quite bleak, especially for my students, I am not without many, many positive and incredible experiences, which I pepper throughout other articles.
Finally, my personal view of classroom management is not based in any sort of despotism, or such philosophy. In fact, my spouse has been a PBIS coordinator and researcher for quite some time. We often work together to have these supports implemented in schools. And, while my experience is not the norm, for all; it is for some. Humane classroom organization is a newer trend in general, and even newer in some areas. You would be surprised at the number of school districts that have been forcefully required to implement Positive Behavior Supports through litigation.
And on another note, I cannot agree with you on the statement that I need to leave education. However, I certainly appreciate your vigilance. There are many people who should not be in education—you are entitled to your belief that I should not. I will not leave the types of schools that house the children I am privileged to serve, nor will I stop trying to understand the system that allows some schools in the US to get the way they are. At the risk of rambling, I want to thank you once again for your response. I respectfully consider you a colleague; further, I thank you for your encouragement to write positive things about my teaching experience and student learning. Always, if there is anything I can do, please message me. Thanks again, ETD
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Classroom management is successful only when the following is true in some form:
“The ideas of crime and punishment must be strongly linked and ‘follow one another without interruption… When you have thus formed the chain of ideas…