As I read some of the responses to the blog, I have more and more sympathy for your viewpoint. The idea of a disguised punishment—the “thinking chair” with Teddy Bear—reminds me of many similar ideas coming from people I admire and respect (like Responsive Classrooms).
And as I read the comment from “jyatvin” on natural consequences, I think to myself: If they are natural, than we don’t have to intervene as teachers at all—except to prevent consequences that are disproportionate or dangerous!
But then I realize how mad I am at the bankers and hedge-funders who haven’t been punished—naturally or unnaturally. (See th