Must we punish in order to teach?
Posted by Dan Reist on Thursday, September 25, 2014.
The great appeal of “just say no” is that it is simple – straightforward. But that simplicity replaces a broad commitment to “education” with a narrow application of “social marketing” (the art of selling someone on an idea or behaviour that promotes the social good). Nothing wrong with social marketing, but it should never be all there is to drug education. A similar narrowing process seems to have happened with our concept of discipline which has largely come to be seen as punishment. But discipline is from the root “disciple,” and a disciple is a student or apprentice – one who is learning. So how did discipline come to mean punishment? Read more
Nurturing a Healthy Relationship with Substances: A Teacher's Perspective
Posted by Jen Gibson on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.
Like many teachers, I struggled to find engaging and effective learning resources which address substance use for my middle school students. At first I tried some of the statistic-heavy, scare-based sorts of resources, but they did little to engage the crew I was teaching (or me for that matter!). One day I had a conversation with a colleague who told me about the “iMinds” learning resources that he had been successfully using with his grade 7 class. I was intrigued by what I heard and decided to give them a try. Read more