This post was edited by ceciliazhang at 2019-9-26 09:31
Guangdong provincial authorities are planning to introduce the regulation on the rights of teachers to discipline their students. According to the regulation, primary and middle school teachers are allowed to punish students who violate school discipline by making them stand or run. Guangdong is the country's first province to attempt to make it legal for a teacher to discipline students. Teachers now do not dare to physically punish students otherwise they might be fired if they are reported to the school or local educational authorities. Is punishment acceptable and necessary for students?
The mind of the errant young is like a monkey brain. If it can get away with doing something not good when young, it will think it can get away again later when its owner becomes a more powerful adult. Any negative effect will then get magnified.
Disciplining is an onerous task which teachers have to do because there is no one else to do it and, if not done, more of the same bad actions will be committed that disrupt the objectives of teaching and learning, and character building for the later part of life - and in the society to which the teacher and educator has responsibility to uphold.
Parents should support the teacher if only because they themselves have not done their own disciplining of their children. If they had, there would not have been any reason to have the teacher take over the role.
The headmaster must however set up proper and wise rules on how to discipline that will make sure teachers don't overdo it until it scars the child's mind and body into the future.
And the teacher should also be aware of his/her own mental and emotional situation just before instilling the discipline.
And parents, headmaster, teachers must sit down, discuss and agree to this framework first before the disciplining program starts so that parents will go home and tell their children starting next week they better behave if only to avoid the dilemma of fighting with the school later. The school must also officially list out exactly the punishment against each infraction. And the students must be told in advance. This is very important; alas, seldom done.
Discipline is just a necessary part and parcel of being useful to society and oneself later. Both are necessary in order to facilitate personal and social progress which in turn is part and parcel of living with others in the same silent agreement of understanding how to behave.
If adults have to follow the laws of society, why should students who will later grow up to be them not follow the laws of the school?
Indiscipline is not individualism which can be useful. Indiscipline is unnecessary chaos affecting the one undisciplined inasmuch others affected by the conduct. That said, teachers should also coach the errant students why their conduct has been found specifically wrong and what they can do to improve themselves. Set the necessary deadline for rehabilitation and ask for precise deliverables. Don't confuse them.
Discipline is necessary to educate a child. Although there are some errant teachers who go too far in disciplining a child, that does not mean there should be no discipline. There must be clear rules on what is offensive and what the punishment will be. This can be worked out by meeting with the parents. The rules and disciplinary action to be taken for offenses should be clearly stated on paper for all parents to read and sign when they enroll their children for admission. If possible, arrange for the punishment to be carried out together with the parents present. The idea behind all these is to ensure that everything is carried out aboveboard and parents will not be anxious but approve also.
GhostBuster Post time: 2019-9-26 13:28
This is REAL STUPIDITY! Guangdong is taking one big step into civilization!
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I think teachers should be allowed to discipline children in class to maintain an environment conducive to learning. Here the word “discipline” is not a synonym for “punishment” . Teachers discipline children to lead them into what is believe to be correct thinking and action, not to punish.