North Carolina School Limits Teachers' Use of 'Please'

Charlotte's Druid Hills Academy has implemented a technique called "no nonsense nurturing."
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inspiring cheerleader ever. You know, we all teach our kids to say please and thank you but now some teachers are saying please has no place in the classroom. It's part of a new teaching method called no nonsense nurtu nurturing sparking quite a debate in North Carolina. Linsey Davis has the story. Reporter: The kindergarten cop shows us how easily a classroom can get out of control. But the druid hills academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, is taking measures to prevent unruly behavior by implementing a unique technique called no nonsense nurturing. It's a way teachers and schools go about creating the culture and the conditions in which students thrive. Reporter: Pro-upons say it bolsters collaboration and support. We saw firsthand in this sixth grade math class. What is "Y." Before I would tell students to come in the classroom and do your warm-up. Now with no nonsense warm-up. I say when I say go I want you to walk into the classroom. Grab your warm-up off the bookshelf. Your voice is on zero. You will sit down in your classroom and complete your warm-up and you have five minutes to do that. The word "Please" is used sparingly. It's an expectation. No one would say to you, will you come to work today, please. This program is used by 250 schools across the country. And aims to create an environment that is structured and consistent for students so what does this teacher hear from her students? They typically say, you know, we love miss Alfred but she doesn't play. Reporter: But reaction from parents is mixed. I don't agree with it point-blank period. Try to see how it works first. Reporter: As for the teachers, they say the proof is in the positive results. It also reduces suspension and reduce the amount of time a student spends outside the classroom due to misbehavior because they have the opportunity to comply to your directions because you're specific. You're concrete. Reporter: For "Good morning America," linsey Davis, ABC news, New York. Let's talk about this now. Ericka souter editor of is here. What do you think. My first thought there's something that seems nurturing about this program but if you take a look at communities or teachers dealing with very chaotic classrooms or maybe there are discipline problems at home carrying over into the classroom this can have a positive effect and that's what we saw a little bit in that video. But if you have kids who are not -- don't have those kind of problems it can create an atmosphere of fear and anxiety and makes 9 classroom a tense situation. But it is trying to counter that everyone gets a trophy mentality. Yeah, definitely. I'm a big fan of doing that when they're 2 and 3 and just being introduced to things and encouraging participation but when you get to 4 or 5 they need to start learning that you need to earn that praise and so this can go a long way in helping that kind of mentality. What do you think parents should take away from this and incorporate at home. Every kid needs structure and discipline. And you want to make sure that you are putting rules in place and that they know that they have to follow those rules. But I don't see anything wrong with saying please and thank you. I think the first time you ask is a please and if the child doesn't listen it's I'm not going to ask you again. Exactly. And that doesn't mean you're giving up control. It just means you're teaching them to be respected and that breeds respect in turn. I love what you said there. It doesn't mean you're forfeiting control. Not at all. By not saying that. I don't -- You're all about manners. I am too. I agree but there is a time and place where, you know, children crave -- Structure. Structure and control and knowing that they have somebody who's in control of the situation. I say please to do -- they take advantage. Maybe it's how you say please. It's not an option. Still be polite. They know they have to do it and follow rules and should be penalties in place if they don't. But I do appreciate that they are trying to do something, that they recognize there's a problem and trying -- it's a creative solution for them and if it's working for them -- We want to make sure it doesn't discourage kids from asking for help if they need it or ask questions in a classroom. All thingses important. Let's go outside to Sam. All right, everybody, so I

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