A disturbing piece of news was announced recently on CNN News when it was reported that and elementary school aged child was handcuffed by a “police officer hired to work full time at the school.” The video recording of the incident was disturbing to say the least.
This is a very sad comment on what the educational system is becoming. Children are being treated as criminals. If the best the educational system can do is hire police officers to maintain discipline within the schools, then we are in serious trouble.
Instead of wasting tax payer’s money on hiring police for this problem, why not spend the money on smaller class rooms with a smaller student teacher ratio? Why not implement structure and provide bi-weekly testing so the children are forced to spend more time studying in a structured environment? Why not create ways for slower learning students to achieve greater and more immediate success?
If there are dollars to hire police, then why are there not dollars for smaller classrooms and better trained teachers?
This begs the question: What on earth is our educational system becoming in our free world?
It is very clear this so-called teacher has not received any training on how to deal with children that are displaying aggressive behaviour. It seems to me that if the school adopted this suggested policy they may have better success in dealing with physically aggressive children:
1. Take charge and remain calm.
Students take their cues from the teacher’s demeanor. Quietly ask the students to stand up and remove all contents from their desks. This process helps eliminate the ability for the aggressive child to throw anything. It also removes the classmates from a potentially dangerous environment. Have one of the students notify the principal for assistance.
2. Ask the children to exit the room and stand quietly in the hallway until they are called back in.
3. The teacher and or assistant, if the teacher is fortunate enough to have one, should start taking all chairs out of the room or shoving them out the door into the hall and then move all desks to the side of the room.
4. Let the child exhaust him or her-self without physical interference.
5. When the child is tired or starting to slow down acknowledge their frustration. Say something like, “You must be really feeling frustrated.” This must be said in an empathetic tone of voice.
6. Lets both take a really big breath. Maybe you can help me here and we can solve this problem together? Acknowledge that you are there to help them. Sometimes things in life are not fair. Talk about it, but first inhale and have a nice long exhale. Repeat the process with the child a couple times.
7. Once the child is calm, make the suggestion that we both go to a quiet area where the child can either talk it over with the school psychologist or with the teacher or both. Whomever the child feels more comfortable speaking with.
8. Once the child is in a quiet area and meeting with someone to talk over the problem invite the children back into the class room.
9. Have a bit of a debriefing with the classmates. Ask the children how they are feeling and some suggestions on how we can help the child deal with some of his frustration. How can we as a team be supportive of this child? By so doing you as the teacher are acknowledging the classmates ability to help problem solve and provide creative input.
You are also teaching the other children not to be afraid of the fellow student and to be supportive of him or her. Self-esteem is important in order for children to learn and grow.
Ask the children if they have ever been bullied. How did it make them feel? Create an environment where the children are supportive of their classmate. Create empathy and respect.
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