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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 20, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Oct. 1971 Trinity School Itv .ludy Diiuhenniier A philosophy nf discipline thai tries ID educate studcnls. nut punish tlu'lii. is hi'inj; followed by one Cednr Rapids school. Trinity Lutheran school. l.'Uiii First iiveruii' officials espouse a theory of discipline that emphasizes a student's responsibilities and logical consequences of clmnsmt: not to live up to those responsible ities. Bill Dieckhoff. school principal, said Ihc school takes a middle road between Hie traditional idea c.f discip- line and the permissiveness in VOKUC in some schools. "There seems to he a di- lemma in schools today us in what approach to lake lo dis- cipline. On one hand, there is the traditional approach, au- thoritarian or autocratic. II was fine in its time, but it is not working today. "In our democratic society, children are rebelling against that approach. They do nol see a need for the values tiiuiiht in that approach. Today's youth are more conerned about car- ing for people, and other val- ues." according lo Dieekhoff. The opposite approach is permissiveness. which Dieckhoff said is lurnins into anarchy in schools where it has been tried. "Children are not learniiu: to discipline themselves, and they are not able to learn in a completely permissive envi- ronment. Democratic Approach "We try to lake the demo- cratic approach, which recog- nizes there arc still some fac- tors of the authoritarian approach that are worth- while." he said. Dieckhoff said the school staff decided about Iwo years afjti lo work together on dis- cipline, rather than have each teacher doing things her own way. The slaff started with sev- eral basic assumptions about children. "We believe children are basically good, and it's our job to encourage the child, nol In tear him down. Children are able to make decisions with some help and guidance from the teacher. "They can accept responsi- bility, and they need opportun- ities to do thai." said Dieck- hoff. "Finally, is the idea of treating children as equals, willi respect. A second grader should receive as much respect as an adult. Simply because he is a child does not mean we can put him down or use him." Kosher Elevator TEL AVIV of Ihc more unusual products available in Israel is an eleva- tor which an Orthodox .lew can ride on the Sabbath. It runs continuously and stops at ev- ery floor, so the passenger does not have to push any buttons. AH work is forbidden to Orthodox .lows on the Sabbath, and even pushing a button is considered work. Judy Daubenmier Tudor completely permis- sive approaches lo discipline, Diockhoff said, "children have been getting more freedom without (he sense of responsi- bility. To tench them how to he responsible isn't easy. There still needs to be firm- ness on Hie part of the teacher in helping the child he respon- sible for his actions." If a student misbehaves in class, the teacher looks at hoi self first and Iries to delei- mine if somelhing she did. Ihe way she presented the lesson may have caused the misbe havior. Sensitive Dieokhoff said teachers attempt to he sensitive to each child. In determine whether a temporary reason, such as a death in the family, could be causing the misbehavior. If a child acts up day in and day mil. the teacher tries lo the problem. fie may be trying to get attention, he engaging in a power struggle with the teach- er or someone else, or be at tempting lo take revenge. A student who sits endlesslj staring o'.U the window, entire ly withdrawn from classroom activities, may have a feeling of complete inadequacy, said Dieckhoff. Tin1 students and teacher spend time at the beginning of tile year discussing what types of problems might arise dur- ing the year and what types of behavior can he expected in tile classroom. Consequences of acling otherwise are also agreed upon by the students and teacher. Weekly discussion periods are held during which they talk about any problems which came up during the week and how tliev were han- dled. "We do nol fed that punish- ment has a place in our phi- losophy of discipline. prefer lo use 'natural or logi- cal consequences'." Dicckhofl said. "The child is made aware of tho consequences of not behaving. If he determines he is nol going lo do something, he knows the logical consequ- ences which follow." "Punishment" involves the leachor emotionally in Ihe sit- ualion and does not produce long-range change, he said. Some may believe Ihe dis- tinction between punishment and logical consequences is on- ly a semantical one, but Dieckhoff believes the differ- ence is real "Tin1 consequences are known ahead of time. Tin students are able lo make a choice between doing what is expected of them or taking the consequences. "If they didn't know the HAPPINESS DIAMONDS FROM BOYSO.VS will ds o r ,1 ncv; car? Both ,ire bought with discretionary dollars (neither ,ue needed lo keep body ,ind soul together but there the similarity ends. Not only arc diamonds much prettier, thov will grow in v.ilue rather than depreciate. They arc ,i." rtfTn.il e of joy and pride to f heir owner. be h.ippv to you in your Our irjtt'grity and competence attested to by our membership in the American Ciem Society. Now more than ever, it is important to make sensible of your discretionary income. Now more ill .in ever, that exquisite investment --diamonds! ATTRACTIVE DIAMONDS ttien it hcrinncs punishment. Tin- students Miakt1 the dei'isiun find simply have to live with the ences. Thill's how they learn In make the riuht derisions." Temporary "PunishnuMil will temporar- ily stop misbehav inr, but we're working at chaimm.u1 the motivations behind llu1 behav- ior. The child is the only one uho can change his actions." A ITUtral part of Ihe philos- ophy is the importance of re- sponsibility In the community, that whal one student dues affects the others. 'If one student misbehaves. it's everyone's responsibility hivauM1 we are part of a community. encourage students whn see another person misbehaving to ap- proach I tit1 person and tell him Inm feel about his be havior." said Oierkhoff. lie jK'knmvlcilnnl that Uiiit is the hardest pan (if Ihc phi- losophy for tin- yumi.iisliTs tn nrrrpt. DU'cklmff outlined iin inst- ance wilh mil nbrv- iiiL: luiu'lii'niiin rules. Al'lcr tliev XVCIT Uiirncd and cimlin- ued to cause troiihlc. Ihe students weir forbidden to eat in the lunchroom, and as- signed another room lo cat in. They were luvon the responsi- bility of making sure the room was cleaned after they were finished eating, lunch trays returned to the limciiniotn. and other duties. Alter about a week, the students wen1 discovering the was inconven- ient. Dieckholf said, and that there were reasons lor the nilos in (he lunch room. "This method does take a tremendous amount of said DleckholT. "To punish a child and force your will on him Is immediate, hut the behavior has not really been changed." Dieckhoff said parents gen- erally like Ihe philosophy, hut some notice that classrooms are noisier compared to class- rooms of several years Noise' "The children are involved in Iheir learning, and it's a .u'ood noise. II' Ihe noise be- comes disturb to someone else, then il's too he said. Parental support is also important tn the discipline 'approach, he said. We have parents who arc concerned and want lo work and staff need lit Ihe scl.....I. The parents wilier. _____ work tu- liecommcml Hank Ware 3624052 Cliff Eager and Ed Horn Cliff and Ed like the Vested look for fail, Fashion models? Maybe. Clothinq professionals? Definitely! Cliff and Ed know what's right for you. Some of the best dressed men in Eastern Iowa can attest to that. 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