The Heart of the Matter


The Peace Area is a place people can go to express feelings. All feelings are allowed in a peace area. There is a punching bag and an assortment of pillows to rage against or to melt into. People can depend on the fact that no matter what is going on ..the peace area is theirs to go to as needed to express or vent feelings, or to work out conflicts with others.


…is that schools that matter and make a difference in people’s lives, depend on strong community involvement where all have a voice. Compassion and true empathy grows naturally in a school that matters. Optimism, joy and a deep abiding respect for children and each other… faith that the human organism has all that it needs to grow and to thrive if given the time… exists in a school that matters.

Over the years as I mentored new teachers into the fold of my classroom, I was often asked how I knew that a struggling child was going to do best with love and support instead of standard “discipline”. My answer was always.. “I have faith in the organism” …and if observed carefully it will tell us how to help it grow. My kids never got sent to the principal, nor sent home, no matter how difficult things got.

I love this new book…


About cthebean

Educator, musician, social justice activist...and now a blogger. Children deserve unflinching support from adults.....they deserve nothing less. All kids . Everybody's kids. Everywhere.
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