As a parent, I understand the need for discipline and have used many techniques in the past. I have yelled, screamed, taken things away, and given time outs, depending on the situation.
I always try to make sure the punishment fits the crime and that it becomes a learning experience rather than a power trip. I have taught my daughter that if she is good, she gets rewarded, if she is bad, she gets punished.
Seems simple enough to me.
When I send my daughter to school, I know that it is up to the staff to care for her and since she is very well behaved, I never had to worry about her being disciplined away from home.
Every school has a group of kids that get into trouble regularly, the staff knows who these kids are and involved parents who spend time at their kids schools are also well aware. They frequently roam the halls throughout the day, talk during quiet time and much worse like talk back to the teachers, get into fights, and pick on other kids.
These behavioral issues need to be addressed, they are a distraction from learning and it needs to be stopped.
Teachers have every right to deal with these issues and punish the offenders but how they implement the punishment is directly related to the future behavior of these same offenders.
My daughter is in fifth grade and in her school, much like every other school in America, there are quite a bit of trouble makers who can’t seem to sit still or stay quiet when prompted to.
During lunchtime when the kids get too loud, the staff asks them to quiet down and raise their hand to signal their compliance. Once the kids quiet down with their hands raised, they are able to line up and head out to recess to burn off some energy.
If the children do not quiet down, even if it is just the same repeat offenders causing the ruckus , the entire fifth grade is not allowed to have recess that day. They instead have to sit quietly in the lunchroom until their time is up and head back to class.
There is no accountability for the kids who were the rule breakers causing the trouble and now they get to bring everyone down with them. This is rewarding the rule breakers behavior, misery loves company and now they will not be singled out and they get to hang out with the kids who would have normally been outside having fun. Not to mention these kids may need that time to burn off that energy that is causing them to act out in the first place.
The good kids are now being taught that it doesn’t matter if you follow the rules and do what you are supposed to do, your behavior will not be rewarded. Instead of giving the kids time to burn off all of the energy on the playground they are now being held inside, angered by the situation, this seems like the perfect recipe to create even more rule breakers.
What are your thoughts on the entire grade being punished because of a group of rule breakers? Have your kids been punished at school for things they have never done? Leave a comment below with your thoughts, I am interested to hear them.