Teachers don't say 'please' at North Carolina school

Thursday, January 14, 2016
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For parents, please is often referred to as the magic word, but now one Charlotte school asks teachers not to use it.

It's called No-Nonsense Nurturing, where the teachers give kids concise, clear instructions in a format called M.V.P. - movement, voice and participation.

NPR reports the program is being tried at Druid Hills Academy.

It apparently leaves kids with zero room for misbehavior and children are celebrated and singled out for following the teacher's commands.

An example would be: Alex has joined us on the carpet and is sitting quietly.

They say that saying please indicates there's an option while this technique is more of a directive and puts the teacher in the power seat.

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