New behavior system at elementary school under review

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - A new behavior system at an elementary school is under review.

"Any person...any age that looks at this system has to agree that it's somewhat asinine," Charity Hendry said.

Deer Park Elementary parents are angry over the new system that is supposed to help their children. It teaches kids D for Democracy is good and A for Anarchy is bad. Parents argue the language is inappropriate for young kids and they shouldn't be taught that right now.

"I think once they explain it to parents they will understand that the concept behind it is sound and the goal for everyone is for students to behave and teachers to be able to teach," Linda Cobbe Public Information Officer for Pasco County Schools said.

Parents are challenging it because they said the scale is confusing. They are also fearful their children will be labeled. 

"It's telling my son he has to conform to peer pressure and that's what we strive at home not to teach our children," Jacquelyn Warner said. 

The behavior system is called the Raise Responsibility System and it was created by International author Dr. Marvin Marshall based in California. 

Dr. Marshall said the point of the system is to teach kids anarchy and bullying are unacceptable and what to strive for. The C stands for conformity and the B stands for bullying. 

"The idea is to have great relationships with kids and to motivate them to want to behave responsibly," Dr. Marshall said. 

Cobbe said Deer Park Elementary staff should have given parents information about the new behavior system sooner.

"No student is going to be called anarchist or a bully. Those are just terms that this program uses to describe what we don't want," Cobbe said.

School staff were instructed to remove the flyers. The principal will have a meeting with parents Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the media center and the goal is to explain the program to parents. It is unclear what will happen with the new system. The school could keep it, change it, or remove it. 

"The vary fact that you have to have a meeting to explain to adults what the system means....how will a kindergartener understand that," Warner questioned.

Some parents said they are not convinced this is the best system to use on elementary students. 

"I don't agree with making changes to this system is going to make it work..sometimes things are just too broken and this is just too broken," Hendry said.

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