What You Believe Is How You Act
Beliefs create attitudes which are manifest in behaviors. That’s why it’s so hard to change behaviors with punitive actions or threats. We have to address the beliefs that are the source of the behaviors.
Higher taxes and “no smoking” signs didn’t significantly reduce smoking deaths. But the education about the terrible effects of cancer and the possibility of not seeing grandchildren—or killing family members with second-hand smoke—caused smoking to decline from 20% to 10% of the US population in the last 15 years. The teenage decrease has been 11% to 2%.
Maybe we should stop penalizing kids who skip school or behave poorly and start showing them the results of ignorance without an education.