Restorative Discipline: Effective?

Posted on May 05, 2011

Restorative Discipline Policies

Discipline policies in Denver Public Schools have been praised as models for other districts across the country, viagra 60mg but in a couple of recent cases, this web relatives of students have questioned whether the softer approach is protecting their kids.

In one, parents at Denver’s Edison Elementary went to police themselves to report a fourth-grader who they said threatened to bring a gun to school after Edison officials decided not to report the incident. In a second case, a grandmother reported a year’s worth of bullying of her granddaughter at Godsman Elementary to police because she felt school officials were not taking it seriously. In both cases, questions were raised about a 2-year-old DPS policy that advocates a restorative approach to trouble in school, in which an offender learns from a mistake and makes amends, rather than the old punitive approach.

The new policy lists behavioral problems and categorizes them in five groups. Each type or category of offense has a corresponding intervention and range of possible consequences.

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Author: Yesenia Robles, The Denver Post