– Re: SAD
In Reply To
In studying classroom discipline, teacher authority and teacher–learner relationships
appear to be integral features in the management of discipline in public high schools.
Before 1994 teachers were encouraged to use the cane as a method of keeping control in
the classrooms. The teachers were also empowered to be in charge in the classroom, but
in a hostile or authoritarian manner. In this way teachers were made to believe that power
and authority were the bases for control and discipline.
Learner behavior problems have, for years, been a major
concern for teachers, administrator and parents.
More than ever before, teachers are faced with critical problems in their classrooms, and
are confronted (on a daily basis) with unacceptable learner behavior and threatening situations.
After the abolishment of the old system of corporal punishment
and control, an urgent need arose to deal with behavior issues in innovative ways.
The new approach to positive behavioral support represents a
shift from a focus on deficit and control, towards a developmental and restorative approach.
This will enable learners to progress towards responsibility,
relationship building and a greater sense of well-being.
This approach is also embodied in the
South African Constitution, the South African Schools Act and
the specific outcomes of the National Curriculum Statement
which give priority to the concept of responsibility..
Valladolid,Joanne & Dondoyano ARIEL