Stop Punishing. It Doesn’t Work.

Punishment often shames and humiliates, produces little more than resentment or fear, and does nothing to model or teach a better way to handle childish problems.

Learning Waterways | Guest Post

I’m really pleased to post an article written by my friend, John MacArthur. Eclectic, acerbic, witty, and akin to Eeyore (he would prefer that I not use “curmudgeonly”), John’s writing often takes me to thoughtful places I haven’t been before. ~S I’ve been a high school teacher, or, if you prefer, a “leader-forth” or educator for a while and ifContinue reading “Learning Waterways | Guest Post”

Marc Tucker on Why Punitive Accountability Fails

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Marc Tucker has written an excellent post on the failure of punitive accountability. The working theory behind the Bush-Obama “reforms” is that teachers are lazy and need to be motivated by rewards and punishments and the threat of public shaming. This is in fact a theory drawn from…

No Sniveling

Complaining not only ruins everybody else’s day, it ruins the complainer’s day, too. The more we complain, the more unhappy we get. ~Dennis Prager For years when I was teaching, I had a brass plaque on the wall that said, “No Sniveling.” Sometimes, new kids had to ask what ‘sniveling’ was, which always triggered aContinue reading “No Sniveling”