All that being said, I believe kids must get consequences for their bad behavior, we don’t have to be cruel and we may have to be creative but they need meaningful consequences if for no other reason than to show the rest of our students that acting up, being defiant, disrespectful and or violet is unacceptable.
Vitti’s restorative justice concept like several of his other ideas and initiatives might sound good, it’s implementation however has been dreadful and please don’t take my word for it, talk to teachers how they think discipline is going.
The New York Post today has a massive article detailing the failures of restorative justice programs.
Discipline can be hard I get it, but it is important too. At the end of the day I think it would be great if all kids learned the quadratic formula, about photosynthesis and how to properly conjugate verbs but what is paramount that they learn is that there are consequences for bad behavior and it’s better they learn it in school before they learn it in the street.
Discipline is hard, I get it, but does Vitti?