How can anyone object to kindness? Particularly when it comes to children. There are so many elements of this book that resonate: the need for adults to be their authentic selves with lived values, the power of recognition and intrinsic motivation, the value of play and co-constructed rules, the rigour of flexible consistency, the effect of seeing attention-seeking behaviour as attention-needing behaviour, and the fundamental problems of using fear and sanctions to control children and demand respect. I hope all school staff read The Kindness Principle with an open mind, because it's time we questioned the purpose of an education system which is apparently -˜successful' yet is making so many children and young people unhappy. My own daughter was a square peg in a round holes system and the consequences were unbearable. If we had our time again, I know which sort of school I would want her to attend. And kindness would be running through its bones.