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Chapter 5: Creating a Positive Classroom Climate
In our experience, the reason control-oriented methodologies are often unsuccessful in the classroom is because the focus is on obedience rather than change. The ultimate goal of these methodologies is compliance with a predetermined, external standard imposed by those in authority. Accountability is measured by the number of students who meet this standard at a given time.
The ultimate goal of a relationship-driven methodology is change. Obedience, while preferable to misbehavior, is of limited value in the long term because it is externally governed. If the external authority is not present, oftentimes the desired behavior is no longer present either. The only way to ensure a desired behavior remains in place once the child is outside the ...