After arguing with my 12-year old daughter E who has autism of the high-functioning variety, she shouted out, “You have to be nice to me because I have a disability!” I stared at her in disbelief. I wondered who ever spoke these words to her and how she came to the conclusion that because she’s […]
Threatening the children who are not habitually in trouble does nothing. Sure you could say that the “good” kids will pressure the “less than stellar” kids to behave better, but if intervention by parents and teachers hasn’t had an effect on these kids, I doubt that the grumblings of peers who are not their friends will. What the teachers are actually doing is further stressing our already-pressured children by threatening to take away a perk that was earned by those who behave well.