To function effectively, we have to examine our beliefs and values, create and articulate effective standards and then use them to guide us when we have to make decisions. Real problems occur when we are faced with a dilemma and we haven’t really set forth any standards. The more our standards reflect our own internal worlds, the more our choices will be consistent with what we want. ( Edward E. Ford, Freedom from Stress)
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).
A school discipline program that is radically different from other classroom management programs, classroom discipline programs or school behavior management programs.
Fundamentally, the Responsible Thinking Process, properly used, provides opportunities for educators and parents to teach students how to look within themselves, decide how they want to be, and restructure their own lives so they can get what they want without infringing on the rights of others. (Ed Ford)
RTP is a process that teaches respect for others by fostering responsible thinking.
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.
Dear Educator.. What are your students learning from the discipline program at your school ?
WARNING: Some are claiming to teach RTP but are neither authentic nor qualified.
In the U.S., Australia, and in other countries, there are some educators claiming to teach RTP and some schools claiming to use RTP, that are not authentic.
Also, if a person were to give a presentation on RTP without permission, they would be in violation of the Lanham Act.
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