Focus on Empathy, Not Punishment, Improves Discipline

http://www.educationnews.org/k-12-schools/study-focus-on-empathy-not-punishment-improves-discipline/

Suspending a child from school may be more harmful than helpful — when a child is sent home as a punishment for misbehaving at school, it results in lost opportunities to learn, damaged relationships, and has the potential of setting up the student for future failure. A different mindset, however, could improve student behavior and lessen the need for disciplinary actions.

This study highlights research and strategies at Stanford University that encouraged middle school teachers to take on an “empathetic mindset” when students were being disciplined. The study found that the number of pupils who were suspended across the academic year halved, from 9.6% to 4.8%.