Post # 31
I’m a teacher and although at times I wish this was legal ..(joking), I don’t agree with it haha. There are definitely other ways of dealing with things and punishing. I do think , however, that keeping someone in for lunch or getting them to write an essay doesn’t really correct the behavior. I’ve had one kid that has been in every week for me at lunch time and do you think he cares? Nope. Because his parents don’t. It’s really hard to deal with these types of kids, but I agree with another poster who said that physical labor might help things. Another teacher I know made a kid clean out desks (There was gum in them) and the mother called to complain. We can’t really do anything these days. Cleaning out a few toilets would definitely change behavior…but most parents wouldn’t even allow this.
Post # 32
I’ve always thought that suspension was a ridiculous punishment.
You’re in trouble so go sit home all day, eat, watch TV, play video games, and force your parents to find someone to watch you. Sounds like a reward unless the punishment is enforced by parents.
I can’t believe that parents have that much of a say in the punishments given to their kids. Removing so much power from the hands of the teachers is why so many classrooms are chaos.
The whole system is crap, but particularly the punishment system.
Post # 33
I agree with Miss Tattoo…I was spanked as a child and I never once thought it was okay to hit others as a result of being spanked.
I honestly believe a lot of these problems stem from the parents not disciplining at home. There is no reason for them to behave at school if they aren’t going to get it at home either.
Post # 34
@lilmiss26: Totally agree (on both counts).
Refusing to effectively punish kids in school just because they aren’t punished at home is like saying just because other societal rules don’t apply in your house that they somehow don’t apply outside your house either.
Learning those things is part of growing up. I have to wear professional clothes to work. I can’t go 90 mph on the freeway. I have to wear underwear when I try on bathing suits 🙂 I can’t just drink out of the soda machine at McDonalds. If I break something at a store I have to buy it. I have to park head in at my parking space. It’s just part of life that you learn to follow the rules or you abide by the punishments laids down by the institution in charge.
Can you imagine if Macy’s called my mother and asked if it was okay that they charge me $50 for a vase I broke in their store? lol I think that’s what you’re teaching kids if schools and teachers aren’t allowed to assign appropriate and effective punishment without the influence of the parents (within reason of course). Too many kids leave school thinking there are little or no consequences for the choices they make.
Post # 35
This is old but I had to comment. I think schools should have the ability if the parents have given consent. But there is also a difference between a swift swat to the rear and abuse. I got spanked when I was little and I didn’t become a homicidal maniac but it was a spanking, not getting beat. Sometimes the lessons will just be learned better with the reminder.