Imagine a student discipline program that actually teaches students to take responsibility for their own behavior without in any way trying to control them or do something to them to make them change the way they behave. And imagine a discipline program where there are no rewards, no special treats, and no punishment. Yes, no punishment. No predetermined time for suspension or detention. And where students decide the amount of time they are away from class or, in the case of serious acts of misconduct, away from school. And, surprisingly, with few exceptions, the students believe the program to be fair.
And yet, the same program provides remarkable results in improved discipline throughout the school, with reductions in suspensions and detentions, fighting and bullying, and where the teachers have more time to teach with less classroom disruptions. The success of this process has been demonstrated in schools from the west coast of Alaska to the east coast of the U. S., and in schools as far away as Australia and Singapore.
Here is a process by which students are taught to monitor their own behavior by taking responsibility for what they do. Rather than telling students what to do where you do the thinking, why not ask them what they are doing in relation to the rules or standards of where they are? That means teaching them how to think on their own and create their own effective plans rather than someone else doing the thinking for them. Everyone in school, that is, teachers, administrators, and students, should be held accountable for respecting the rights of others. Students have to be taught this skill. Punishment and rewards do not teach people to think, they are only a method of control. We are not designed to be controlled.
This process was developed by Edward E. Ford and is called The Responsible Thinking Process (RTP)®. It is based on Perceptual Control Theory (PCT), (See section titled About Perceptual Control Theory).
RTP is a process that teaches respect for others
What brings about the growing belief in students that they can make things better for themselves? What promotes change within another person, and what makes change possible?
First, it is the belief that someone cares, that someone really respects you and is willing to work with you until you can succeed.
Second, it is the belief that somehow it is possible to succeed, to make things better, and to resolve our internal conflicts.
The Responsible Thinking Process®, if properly used, is designed to teach educators how to teach students to develop a sense of responsibility for their own lives and to respect the lives of everyone around them.
This unique classroom discipline process is both non-manipulative and non-punitive. It creates mutual respect by teaching students how to think through what they are doing in relation to the rules of wherever they are. This gives students personal accountability for their actions.
The key component of this classroom discipline process is its focus on how students can achieve their goals without getting in the way of others who are trying to do the same thing. In short, it teaches students how to respect others.
WARNING: Some are claiming to teach RTP but are neither accredited nor qualified.
In the U.S., Australia, and in other countries, there are some educators claiming to teach RTP
Also, if a person were to give a presentation on RTP without permission,
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