Judicious Discipline - An Overview for Parents
Judicious Discipline is a management style that combines sound educational practices, professional ethics, and students’ constitutional rights and responsibilities. We all want children to become responsible citizens, and this philosophy allows for students to take responsibility for their actions, and at the same time learn citizenship.
We all live in a democracy where certain rights are guaranteed to us under the United States Constitution. Children know they have “rights” – but what they often misunderstand is what those “rights” are, as well as how their rights become limited when they interfere with the rights of others.
Once we have discussed the rights with the students, we help them understand that, although their rights are very important, their individual rights do not “supersede the rights of the whole”. In constitutional law there is a time when an individual’s rights can be limited, termed “compelling state interests”. These allow for schools to set up rules to provide for the welfare of all students. In schools, we often refer to the compelling state interests as student “responsibilities”. These are four:
1. Protect against property loss or damage.
2. Be a responsible learner – work toward the educational purpose in each task.
3. Act in a healthy and safe manner – this includes issues of emotional health.
4. Respect the rights of others – guard against the disruption of the educational process.
Teaching rights and responsibilities through Judicious Discipline will focus on what the student needs to learn in a given situation. Judicious consequences will attempt to move away from punishment model to a recover and learn from mistakes model.
The students are expected to follow the above rules when they are on school grounds, as well as when they are on school buses. If a student chooses not to follow the rules, he/she will be given a pink slip. Pink slips are the school's way to let a child and his/her parents know that a behavior is not acceptable and also our way to keep track of those students who continually have a problem following the rules. If your child receives a pink slip, please discuss the issue with your child and return the signed pink slip to your child's teacher. If you have any questions about the pink slip, please contact the person who issued the pink slip to your child.