Boy Smarts

06 May

I’m a really big fan of Barry MacDonald’s Boy Smarts. They just put out their May Newsletter, which you can get for free by signing up on his website. Below is a list of the topics included. Be sure to check it out.

DOES the threat of removing recess do more harm than good?

MOST teachers and parents come to recognize that disciplinary approaches based on coercion, threats, and punishments do little to help youth to internalize self-discipline and self-motivation.

EXTERNAL manipulations may at times appear to work for a short time, but they do not, in the long run, teach children to become caring, responsible, and ethical people who will act appropriately without external supervision or coercion.

STRATEGIES of external manipulation may even backfire, as kids learn to become master manipulators themselves.


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