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Should teachers be allowed to punish students?

I think that punishment should


be allowed. We all know that teachers have a tough job. They are typically
dealing with 20 to 35 students in their class. Students WILL misbehave at some
point. What should the teacher do when this happens? If they do nothing, then
the other children may misbehave as well, because they saw no consequence
for the bad behavior. What should the teacher do, if he/she doesn't know who is
responsible for the infraction? Should they punish the entire class?
Unfortunately, there are times when collateral damage will occur and this is one
of them. Sometimes it's impossible for a teacher to know who committed an
infraction, so if no one will confess, they must punish the entire class. If there
are a few known bad children that misbehave, I don't think that the entire class
should be punished.

When I was growing up, I had the gift of gab. I couldn't stop talking in school. I was
made to write "lines". I had to write "I will not talk in class" 100 times. One of my
teachers gave a punishment that was brutal. She made me make a "red chair". I have
no idea where this term came from because it doesn't make sense. A red chair is when
you squat with your knees together and extend your arms out in front of you. I would be
forced to be in this position for 15-20 minutes. Thank you Mrs. Burke-Aldersen for my
nice thighs and calf muscles. If the class was being punished, our punishment was no
recess.

Let's fast forward to today. The new punishment for the class is "Silent Lunch". It's self
explanatory, the students are not allowed to talk during their lunch period. Some
parents are hot mad about it. I can't help but chuckle a bit. Didn't these parents ever
give their child a time out? This is actually better than getting a time out because you
can eat instead of just sitting by yourself quietly. The canceling of recess still exists
today. However, parents are threatening lawsuits because they say that it is in violation
of the school policy. Apparently, in some school districts, no child can be denied their
(God given) right to recess. Recently, I heard about a teacher who made the students
run laps outside during recess because the class misbehaved. Some parents were
really upset about that as well. The other punishments being handed out by teachers
include, yelling, making children sit in the front of the class, taking away treats and
revoking non-uniform day privileges.

I don't have a problem with teachers punishing students, as long as it's a fair
punishment. Punishment should always be age appropriate. The classrooms
would be complete chaos if there were no consequences for bad behavior.

I think that teachers should consider giving extra school work as a punishment.
Maybe the children should be required to write an essay about respect,
common courtesy, good behavior, punishment, peer pressure or anything else
that could make them think about why the punishment needed to be issued.

No matter what stage you are in your life, there are consequences for your
actions and school is no exception. Teachers need to be able to set boundaries
in their classrooms. A classroom without boundaries and consequences is a
great disservice to every student in that class. If you are a parent that believes
that teachers should not be allowed to punish students, maybe you should
consider homeschooling your child.

What are some punishments (if any) that you think are acceptable for a teacher
to administer?

when my students misbehave in class what i do is i punish him/her by not letting them have
recess and they have to stay in the classroom doing homework. sometimes it works but
most of the times it doesn't, i guess i will have to be hard on them but i can't do it because i
know they are children and when i was a child i was like that, i just try to do my best and
teach each one of them to be respectful and responsible.

Is it Necessary to Punish Children?


Whether it is necessary to punish children on not is a debatable question. It
depends on the situations and circumstances.
As per the sayings of the Medical Science, Punishment can control misbehaviour but
by itself will not teach desirable behaviour or even reduce the desire to misbehave.
Nowadays with a lot of nuclear families kids are pampered a lot. But it is also not good
to pamper a child always, otherwise it will become her habit and she will not listen to
you unless you can fulfil her demands. Now this can take a rebellious shape and
should be controlled from the very beginning.

Punishment Should Not Be Physical

Parents should always refrain from punishing their child physically. Physical abuse and
torture makes the child feel unwanted which may take a very bad turn in future.
Nowadays, abusing a child is a criminal offence in the eyes of Law.

Love is the Only Solution to Teach Discipline to Children

It is only through love that an ill behaved child can be taught manners. If you lose your
cool when talking to your child who is misbehaving then you can never control your
child. Instead sit with her alone and talk to her patiently. Try to figure out her problems
and make your child feel secured and comfortable while she is sharing her problems to
you. Make her understand patiently the values of manners in life. Manners are
indispensable while a child grows up. It will help her in her future endeavours too.

Punishment is Not the Only Solution

Sometimes too much pampering makes a child ill behaved and some parents think that
punishing their child severely will solve their problems. But this is an absolute wrong
thought. Punishing your child too severely will make her more stubborn. So it is better
not to go to any extremes so that it becomes very difficult for you to revert back. That
means do not pamper your child too much so that bringing back your child in the right
track again becomes difficult for you.

Punishment May Not Be Fruitful

Sometimes it is seen that despite the parents being very strict and teaching children
proper discipline in strict hands, punishing severely in case of any wrong doings on the
part of the children but still the children remains ill behaved and ill mannered.
So punishment here makes no sense unless you can teach your child what is expected
from them.

Instead of punishing it is better to opt some other fruitful ways in cool head so that your
children remain under your own control and think twice before doing anything wrong or
before going haywire intentionally. The word intentionally is used because sometimes
it can be seen that children unknowingly commit something wrong. This happens
especially during the growing period, more specifically during adolescence. During this
time be very careful before punishing your child as during this period of the age the ego
of the children is at its highest peak and if they are insulted they can take some drastic
steps sometimes at the cost of their own lives.

Punishment Should Not Be the Reflection Personal Grudges

If you punish your child because you are personally very frustrated yourself because of
work pressure at office and you see your children doing nuisance in the house, you
may lose your cool. But be very careful this should not affect your childs behaviour. Do
not yell or beat your children. Your personal furiousness should not be the cause of
punishment for your child.

So to punish or not to punish your children totally depends on you. It is you who need
to understand your kids and manage them without yelling at them or beating them. If
kids do something that is really wrong, you must think of the constructive ways to
punish them when punishments cannot be avoided at all.

Psychologists say that punishing children depends on how the parents were brought up
when they were kids. If they were punished severely during their childhood days they
would apply the same thing in raising up their child. But love can make any impossible
work possible. So instead of punishing it is better to pacify your child with love.

Why should parents avoid punishing children? When is it necessary to punish


children? Which are the constructive ways to punish children?

Punishments should be avoided, children should be guided with soft and polite
words. But when children go out of control, it is necessary to punish them.
Sometimes when children are overpampered they take parents for granted so
punishing kids is necessary however punishments should not be harsh or physical
Physical Punishments:
1. Making the children stand as a wall chair (Goda Kurchee in Telugu),
2. Keeping the school bags on their heads,
3. Making them stand for the whole day in the sun,
4. Make the children kneel down and do the work and then enter the class room
5. Making them stand on the bench,
6. Making them raise hands,
7. Hold a pencil in their mouth and stand,
8. Holding their ears with hands passed under the legs,
9. Tying of the children's hands,
10. Making them to do sit-ups (Gunjeelu),
11. Caning and pinching and
12. Twisting the ears (Chevulu pindadam)

Emotional Punishments:
1. Slapping by the opposite sex
2. Scolding abusing and humiliating
3. Label the child according to his or her misbehaviour and sent him or her around the school
4. Make them stand on the back of the class and to complete the work.
5. Suspending them for a couple of days
6. Pinning paper on their back and labeling them "I am a fool", "I am a donkey" etc.
7. Teacher takes the child to every class she goes and humiliates the child.
8. Removing the shirts of the boys.

Negative Reinforcement
1. Detention during the break and lunch.
2. Locking them in a dark room
3. Call for parents or asking the children to bring explanatory letters from the parents
4. Sending them home or keeping the children outside the gate
5. Making the children sit on the floor on the classroom.
6. Making the child clean the premises.
7. Making the child run around the building or in the playground.
8. Sending the children to principals.
9. Making them to teach in the class.
10. Making them to stand till the teacher comes.
11. Giving oral warnings and letters in the diary or calendar
12. Threatening to give TC for the child.
13. Asking them to miss games or other activities
14. Deducting marks.
15. Treating the three late comings equal to one absent.
16. Giving excessive imposition.
17. Make the children pay fines.
18. Not allowing them into the class.
19. Sitting on the floor for one period, day, week and month.
20. Placing black marks on their disciplinary charts.