In a recent video posted by CBS, Sheriff Wayne Ivey of Brevard County in Florida had some pretty strong words aimed at students who were misbehaving. “They know nothing is going to happen to them,” Ivey said. “They know they’re not going to be given after-school detention, they’re not going to be suspended, they’re not going to be expelled, or like in the old days, they’re not going to have the cheeks of their ass torn off for not doing right in class.”
Now, while some of his comments may seem outrageous, they are getting to the heart of an extremely important issue that is plaguing our schools: the growing frequency and intensity of behavioral challenges. But what is at the root of these challenges? Can it be fixed? If so, what are some potential solutions? And what role should punishment or law enforcement play? Check out this episode as Dr. Paulie interviews former public education teacher, behavior analyst, university professor, educational consultant, and best-selling author, Anika Costa.