12 Guiding Principles of Re-ED

12 Guiding Principles of Re-ED

1. Life is to be lived now, not in the past, and lived in the future only as a present challenge.

2. Trust between child and adult is essential.

3. Competence makes a difference; children and adolescents should be helped to be good at some-thing, and especially schoolwork.

4. Time is an ally, working on the side of growth in a period of development when life has a tre-mendous forward thrust.

5. Self-control can be taught and children and adolescents helped to manage their behavior

6. The cognitive competence of children and adolescents can be considerably enhanced; they can be taught generic skills in the management of their lives as well as strategies for coping with the complex array of demands placed on them by family, school, community, or job.

7. Feelings should be nurtured, shared spontaneously, controlled when necessary, expressed when too long repressed, and explored with trusted others.

8. The group is important to young people; it can be a major source of instruction in growing up.

9. Ceremony and ritual give order, stability, and confidence to troubled children and adolescents whose lives are often in considerable disarray.

10. The body is the armature of the self, the physical self around which the psychological self is constructed.

11. Communities are important for children and youth, but the uses and benefits of community must be experienced to be learned.

12. A child should know some joy in each day and look forward to some joyous event for the morrow.


Dr. Nicholas Hobbs