The Raise Responsibility System Is Only Part of Discipline Without Stress

A researcher working on a large study of discipline and classroom management programs in America contacted me. She mentioned that her report would be presented to the American Educational Research Association.

She asked whether her reference should be to the "Raise Responsibility System" or to "Discipline without Stress."

I chose "Discipline Without Stress" for the following reasons:

–"Discipline without Stress" is in the title of the book, whereas the "Raise Responsibility System" is a chapter in the book (Chapter 3),

–Teaching procedures—the key to effective classroom management—precedes the introduction of the "Raise Responsibility System,"

–The three principles to practice for becoming more effective and improving relationships (Chapter 1 of the book) is not part of the "Raise Responsibility System,"

–The motivational approach (empowerment and noncoercion described in Chapter 2 of the book) is not part of the "Raise Responsibility System,"

–Reducing stress, a major concern of many teachers and parents and a major thrust of the approach, is not reflected in the name, "Raise Responsibility System."

In sum, the original discipline system of
1. Teaching the Hierarchy (teaching levels of development)
2. Checking for Understanding (asking), and
3. Guided Choices (eliciting)
has evolved into a more comprehensive teaching model.

The "Raise Responsibility System" is an integral—BUT NOT AN EXCLUSIVE—part of the teaching model.

Since making this decision, many pages on the Marvin Marshall website have been altered—including the name of the Raise Responsibility System mailring/forum. It is now found at

More information on this topic is available at