Florida teachers flee county with 'egregious' student behavior, like spitting, biting, drug use, theft
The Pendulum has swung too far to one side (again)! Our society went from mentally and physically abusing children to teach them right from wrong, to letting them get away with just about anything (to teach them what?). When working in schools, daycare centers, and behavioral health centers as an ABA therapist, I was struck (and concerned) by the lack of leadership and authority exhibited by many of the educators and therapists. Unfortunately, many of these educators and therapists were taught in college that being assertive and placing firm expectations on children damages their self-esteem and is detrimental to their development.
The result of children being deprived of strong leadership and appropriate consequences for extreme maladaptive behaviors are an alarming number of children are aggressing, destroying property, refusing to comply with instructions, and lacking basic respect for others. College educated professionals operate under the notion that aggression & property destruction, for one example, are attention seeking behaviors and should be ignored. Neither behavior should ever be ignored or minimized, regardless of whether a child is neuro typical or not. * Only in very extreme and rare cases is a child truly incapable of not aggressing. *
Many educators and therapists let young children hit, kick, and spit on them with little to no consequence, sometimes for years. They will let children destroy their property and cave to extreme behaviors and tantrums. However, when these kids grow into teenagers, these same therapists become fearful of them AND REFUSE SERVICE. I’ve been asked to take over for therapists refusing to continue therapy with clients they’d been letting aggress on them for years. The same thing happens in schools. I took on a teenage client expelled from his school district after he’d spent years doing what they eventually expelled him for.
Right now, a lot of educators and therapists aren’t willing to concede that this new age approach isn’t extinguishing extreme behaviors. If your child is exhibiting any of the behaviors mentioned, you can’t count on traditional therapies and schooling get it under control, especially in a timely fashion.
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Parent/Child Coach, Registered Behavior Technician, and founder of Pendulum Center
Florida teachers flee county with 'egregious' student behavior, like spitting, biting, drug use, theft A group of educators, parents and staff convened at a Brevard County, Florida, school board meeting on Thursday to discuss what many are saying is a spike in student misbehavior.