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“No Nonsense Nurturing” Probably Doesn’t Mean What You’d Think


“No Nonsense Nurturing” brings back memories of the high school football and wrestling coaches who administered a dose of reality to students who got way out of hand.  There was also Mr. Ripey, an English teacher.  Everybody knows English teachers are major wimps, right?  Turns out Mr. Ripey, before he became an English teacher, taught hand-to-hand combat skills to Marines.  Not.a.wimp.

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It seems that the city of Charlotte has some discipline problems in their schools so they’ve spread the offenders out over nine schools and they’re trying a new teaching method.

Teachers in Charlotte, North Carolina are taking a “no-nonsense” approach to address student behavior problems by eliminating words like “please” from the classroom lexicon.

“Your pencil is in your hand. Your voice is on zero. If you got the problem correct, you’re following along and checking off the answer. If you got the problem incorrect, you are erasing it and correcting it on your paper,” math teacher Jonnecia Alford told students at Druid Hills Academy as she employed the “No-Nonsense Nurturing” method in her sixth grade classroom.

“Vonetia’s looking at me. Denario put her pencil down – good indicator. Monica put hers down and she’s looking at me,” Alford said, according to National Public Radio.

That last sentence will give you an idea of who’s causing the problems.

Eliminating words like “please”?  Please.  A retired principal cooked up this scheme and started a company to promote the idea.

The teaching technique is being used in nine Charlotte schools and numerous other low-income, mostly minority schools across the country. It’s promoted by a former school principal, Kristyn Klei Borrero, who launched the consulting company Center for Transformative Teacher Training to help schools deal with student behavior problems, according to the news site.

The “No Nonsense Nurturing” is part of a broader teaching approach called “MVP,” an acronym for movement, voice and participation, and is designed to leave students with no options but to follow their teacher’s commands, ABC 11 reports.

As I recall, when Mr. Miller – the football coach – showed up in a classroom to “monitor the teacher,” everyone in the classroom understood the options.  Be polite or get the crap kicked out of you.  The latter method was only used once and it had happened so long ago that no one could remember the offending student.  It could have been just a legend.  But it worked.

Needless to say, the “educators” are having fits.

“Maybe we are doing them a favor by teaching them the codes of power, but maybe we’re also participating in some kind of, I don’t know, colonization,” Vanderbilt University education professor Barb Stengel told NPR. “We’re simply teaching kids to look like me.”

On the other hand, the front line teachers heap praise on the program.

“Teachers raved about the course but more importantly, it quickly produced a noticeable improvement in their classroom culture and management,” Denver Public Schools executive director of school support Mario Giardiello wrote.

I’ll take the word of front line teachers over the nimrods who “teach education.”


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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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