Showing Students the Love and Logic of Discipline
While serious discipline issues are rare, we strive to base our policies on our understanding of the Holy Scriptures and how God’s inspired and authoritative Word speaks normatively to every aspect of life and thought. To help us work this out in the classroom and all of school life, and to ensure clarity of expectations, we have established the Seven Major School Rules, and we make some use of the “Love and Logic” methodology.
Perfect behavior does not equal Christian faith or eternal salvation. Disciplinary situations are God-given opportunities to show the grace, goodness, and redemption of God in Christ set against the sinful deceitfulness of our fallen natures. They are spiritual occasions to lead a child to understand his or her own sin, and to find grace from God in repentance and forgiveness.
Each student is a unique individual with his or her own personal, spiritual, social and educational needs. As a result, every disciplinary situation becomes distinctive in nature. Consequences for misbehavior provide the best learning value when matched to the unique student and the specific situation. We therefore seek to individuate disciplinary procedures knowing that children learn best from their mistakes when they see a reasonable connection between their own behavior and the resulting consequences.
We believe that:
- Teachers and students should seek to glorify God in all they do
- A teacher’s primary responsibility is to reflect the love of Christ in his or her love for students
- Students must be encouraged to make sound decisions and live with the consequences
- With adult guidance, students must be responsible to solve the problems they create in a way that does not make a problem for others
- Mistakes must be considered as opportunities for learning, and spiritual and personal growth
- While not all mistakes are sinful, where sinful mistakes have been made, it is the duty of the one in error first, in prayer, to confess and repent before God and seek His forgiveness, then to seek reconciliation with the offended party and to make appropriate reparations
- Where there is sin, it represents an opportunity for redemption and reconciliation
- In the discipline process a teacher must seek to preserve students’ self-respect and dignity
The Seven Major School Imperatives
- Whitefieldians respect the rights and property of others.
- Whitefieldians are honest.
- Whitefieldians are tobacco, drug and alcohol free.
- Whitefieldians protect the health and safety of themselves and others.
- Whitefieldians meet community expectations and the high ethical standard of Christian citizenship the school expects.
- Whitefieldians abide by the school’s rules regarding attendance, permissions and signing out.
- Whitefieldians abide by federal, state, and local laws.
These “Imperatives” are derived from the longer statement of our “Seven Major School Rules.”
To learn more about our discipline policies please download our Parent & Student Handbook for 2015-16.