I have been writing extensively and publishing others’ posts and articles regarding trauma-informed systems for some time. As we have reflected on the ACEs research and the need for trauma-informed practices for our students, we have recognized that there is a significant movement that is beginning to surface all throughout our country.
Readers have been encouraged to consider what they might earn on a Discipline Report Card with the hopes that they would start with a number of “Cs”: remaining Calm, being Clear and being Confident. An important fourth “C” stands for “Compassionate,” an essential component of disciplining effectively.
One of the signs that we are making progress on raising awareness and resolving some of our most significant social problems is when our foundations begin to launch funding initiatives that address those problems. The Hogg Foundation has just released a Request for Proposal that is designed for schools to help students manage behavioral problems.
It might be helpful for parents reading this blog when considering their approaches to disciplining, to recognize there are two distinctly different roles we have as parents. The first one is to be the nurturer, to be the source of comfort and fun, to bathe, coddle and provide warmth that is both physical and emotional. For many parents, this involved, nurturing role is very comfortable and satisfying.
In my orb of influence I find that many individuals circulate information that often is not accurate. One of the popular ideas is the zero tolerance policies that most schools currently tout as a way to reduce violence. Like many other myths, this is just not true. I appreciate the work of those who are researching the facts about our educational system and publishing that information in a clear and cogent way.