Think for a moment about the word disciplined. It can refer to making a concerted effort at a task (“ She’s so disciplined that she spent more than an hour weeding the garden”) or to having been trained to obey authority (“ They’ve been disciplined, so they shouldn’t give the babysitter any trouble”). If the goal is to induce children to work hard or to behave in a particular way on their own, then the most expedient arrangement for parents and teachers is to get the children to discipline themselves. Or, as we prefer to say, to be self-disciplined.
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