Code: Program instructions
Conduct: The manner in which a person behaves, especially on a particular occasion or in a particular context.
Self Control: The ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations.
There has been a great deal of concern about the Rochester City School District’s Code of Conduct.
It seems that teachers, administrators, and other adults working in schools do not know and understand how to “manage” the behavior of students in the classroom.
Out of and In-school suspensions have not worked and police presence on school grounds has not been effective.
Adults, controlling the behavior of students, has never and will never work.
Adults, teaching children how to control and take responsibility for their own behavior will, most always, work.
For decades we have given children an excuse for their behavior, their color, their socio-economic condition, allowing them to direct the climate of the classroom.
For decades we have been punishing children for their behavior without holding them accountable for their actions.
Placing adult consequences, suspension, on children who want to be suspended from the institutionalization of education, has resulted in the continued failure of our children which the “hedgehogs” that profit from that failure rely upon.
When children enter our current system of education, they quickly learn that they will be bullied by the adults in their environment who they see being bullied.
They quickly learn that schools are not child friendly places no matter how warm and inviting they may look. The purpose and intent of their schooling is to control them and turn them into compliant workers who are satisfied with whatever job they may attain, never exploring their gifts and talents in order to understand and acknowledge how creative and talented they were created to be.
When we change the language of education to concentrate on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of all children, program instruction will support the positive behavior of children learning to become respectful, actively engaged citizens.
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