Most of you know I work at a daycare that uses some methods I think are questionable including no discipline and you can't say the words "no" or "don't" to our kids. We also can not remove them from their peers even if the child gives another a bloody nose nor can we make them apologize. This is called "Conscious Discipline." Thankfully I am usually on the bus and not in the classroom. I just learned something else about this form of discipline. If children swear or talk sexy, no matter WHAT they say, we are not allowed to intervene and tell them that the language is not nice. We have to let them "express themselves." We have one child who walks around with his hands down his pants all day long. We are also not allowed to even address the issue or pretend that we notice. That is a part of a child "expressing himself." Does this sound rational to anyone? Is there something I'm missing here? I think the whole idea of this conscious discipline is plain useless and goofy. It's supposed to encourage kids to talk to each other and in the four year old classe, the teachers WILL say, after two k ids have an altercation, "Johnny, is there anything you'd like to say to Joey?" Then the child can speak his piece and Joey is then allowed to answer. He can apologize if he likes, but a child can not be forced to apologize. Is this how our schools are headed? I hear this is common in secular early education schools (2-5 year olds).