"What people fight or resist is control; not education; not relationships.”
—Dr. William Glasser
Dr. Glasser is referring to students in school. He believes there is a lot of external control in school which he defines as one person trying to get another person to do something he or she doesn’t want to do. Students are being asked to learn things that have no practical application for them. Students are being punished with failing or inadequate grades for not learning the required material. Students are being punished for conduct that is deemed detrimental to the school environment. Even many teachers feel the external control from administrators, the state and NCLB legislation. School is a place often filled with external control. However, students don’t resist a connection or relationship with each other or with their teachers, nor do they resist useful, meaningful learning. When we can figure out a way to connect with our students and to make the required learning interesting and applicable, then the discipline problems will all but disappear in school.
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