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But the form of punishment today is supposed to be less severe than before as our education system continues to evolve. But sometimes teachers and schools take things just too far.
The worst school punishments are not just physical; they are also mental and psychological. Here are some of the worst school punishments kids have experienced. Top 10 worst school punishments Child sentenced for threatening with bubble gun A 5-year-old kindergarten student in Pennsylvania received a day sentence for threatening a peer with her bubble gun. She was accused of being a terrorist. A school authority happened to overhear the conversation and searched through her backpack.
Even after finding that the child was carrying no deadly weapon, she was sentenced for ten days for carrying a terrorist weapon a bubble gun to the class. Year to date, Steamboat returned In , a teacher in Albuquerque called the cops because one of the students had the audacity to burp in school.
The kid was taken down to the juvenile hall for testing. According to the Huffington Post , the teacher even pulled the drawstring tight and tied up around him. They would often lock the unruly kids in the Monster Closet and tell them that a monster was going to eat them.
An untold number of students suffered this horrendous crime. A student named Constance McMillen petitioned school officials to let her and her girlfriend attend the prom, but the school was not in the mood to change their policy. The prom was held at a later date, but it was kept a secret from people like Constance.
She and her girlfriend were sent to a separate, fake prom. Later, Constance was harassed to the point that she ended up changing school. Girls are asked to stand up and pull their panties down to the knees while others stare at them. One teacher would discipline students by making them wear dog cones around their neck. Other students are made to kneel on rice, corn, and cheese graters.
This form of punishment has become more and more common in Asian countries. A student accidentally spilled a water jug on the lunchroom floor. When the school vice-principal Theresa Brown saw the incident, she made 16 students eat their lunch off of the floor for ten days. Then he was sent back to the class. When he returned to the classroom, teacher Wendy Portillo held a class discussion about why she and all other students hated Alex. Worse, the 5-year-old autistic child was made to sit and listen why everyone hated him.
Most teachers do an admirable job of educating children, even the unruly ones. But some go way beyond the limits of humanity to try to discipline students.
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Kids knew that I was the end of the line, and they arrived at my door with so much fear in their eyes that I never had to be scary. I learned how to support and encourage children and their teachers on good days and bad. And I incorporated my perspective as a parent too; my daughters attended the school where I worked. I also came to realize that many of my fellow parents were confused and even angry about how schools handle discipline. So after five years of looking at things from both sides of the principal's desk, this is what I'd like moms and dads to know.
You should understand your school's approach. Research shows that one of the most effective discipline strategies is authoritative: clear and firm, with only the most necessary rules, and supportive of kids' feelings.
When consequences are necessary, children learn best from ones that are mild and immediate, along with positive reinforcement when they try to do the right thing. Take the opportunity to learn about your school's discipline policy early in the school year, before anything goes wrong, advises Joanna Maccaro, a retired principal and facilitator for the Aspiring Principals Program at NYC Leadership Academy.
Parents must be confident that the school's disciplinary policy will be followed in the event of a problem, no matter whose child breaks a rule. Usually schools provide written disciplinary policies online or during a back-to-school evening in the fall; if you don't hear, ask.
Most schools use one of these approaches: Assertive Discipline The teacher creates clear rules and employs a "discipline hierarchy" of three to six negative consequences for infractions; kids receive things like raffle tickets or marbles for good behavior so that they can earn rewards over time. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports PBIS Teachers provide clear routines and expectations for various parts of school classrooms, bathrooms, the lunchroom, buses.
Kids practice these routines and teachers take time to "catch kids being good" as well as doling out predictable punishments for common infractions. Responsive Classroom Teachers lead children to work together to create classroom rules at the start of the school year. Modeling helps kids notice and reinforce expected behaviors, such as raising hands and holding doors. Effective consequences fit the crime -- and your child's developmental stage. One day early in my tenure, a teacher brought 7-year-old Rowan to my office.
He'd been throwing paper towels out the window, and the teacher expected me to do something serious. Rowan's tearstained face betrayed terror and defiance. I weighed my options: soothe, yell, or try something else entirely? Once Rowan stopped weeping, I surprised us both by asking in an even voice what had happened.
He eagerly told the truth. But then his voice dropped. I get in trouble a lot. I had to help Rowan make better choices, and help him and his teacher see each other as partners rather than adversaries. Rowan missed recess that day and wrote letters of apology to his teacher and the janitor.
He helped the janitor replace the paper towels in all the boys' bathrooms and did such a good job he earned his teacher's genuine praise. His experience taught me that it's helpful to focus on each child as an individual, to take time to find out what's going on, and not to yell. Kids respond well when you firmly clarify the rules and give them a chance to reflect on their choices. I insisted on sincere apologies or at least convincing acting and helped kids plan to do better next time.
This allowed them not only to become better behaved but more ethical. Consider yourself a partner with the school. You can support your child's relationship with his teachers by explaining that school rules are to be followed, even if your rules are different at home.
Young children feel confused when parents undermine the teacher's decisions. I remember when one second-grader lost his temper and hit another child during recess. When his parents came in for a meeting, his mother was confrontational: "We teach him to stand up for himself. I'm glad he can use his fists. So I changed tactics quickly. No child is allowed to hit here. Not ever. But the principal is not a prosecutor, and your child doesn't need a lawyer. Instead, she needs a parent who can stay calm and who is willing to work with the school to help her respect, reflect, and repair.
Accept that you can't know everything. In talking to other moms and dads, I realized just how little most parents know about the disciplinary process in their child's school. Kids often give partial or confused accounts of the truth, and schools can't always provide lots of details when things go wrong.
One mom began to worry when her son Charles came home from school every day with "the Nicky Report. Or, "Nicky had a very bad day. Nicky had smashed the teacher's computer on the floor. He had tried to hit a classmate.
The teacher had cleared children out of the classroom during violent outbursts. The mom became increasingly concerned. When she asked the teacher for reassurance, she learned that school officials could not discuss how they were handling Nicky. The Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act states that parents must have access to all written records about their children and that no school can share information about any student without parental consent. This may mean that even if another child harms your own, the school can't discuss that other child with you.
But this doesn't mean there isn't a lot going on behind the scenes. When a student in my school had persistent behavior problems, our staff held regular meetings to decide how to help the child, and met often with parents. Charles's mom was empathetic but was also in the difficult position of trusting the school without having much information. It would have been nice to have a parent meeting explaining the safety plan and the protocol.
Just saying 'We're following the school discipline code book' wasn't enough. Tell the school about any changes at home. This helps staffers better understand your child's behavior. Anna Strathman, who's been teaching at a California elementary school for 25 years, describes an eye-opening experience she had with one kindergartner who came to her classroom pushing, hitting, and using profanity.
Eventually she called in the boy's parents. When Strathman told them that their child was not only intelligent but often compassionate, the parents relaxed, telling her that he was wonderful with his younger twin sisters and helpful with his grandmother, who had advanced breast cancer. The meeting achieved its purpose, says Strathman: "Now I had a glimpse into their life, and they knew that I believed in their son.
Building trust and working together on behalf of kids: That's the kind of success that makes me smile, as a principal and as a parent. What are better choices you can make next time? I trust you to do the right thing.
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Luxembourg followed in Other countries abolished it in the 20th century. Following a revolution in Russia banned corporal punishment in schools.
The Netherlands abolished it in Italy banned it in Norway did so in Sweden ended corporal punishment in all schools in It was abolished in all schools in Denmark in and it was banned in Austria in In Ireland, all corporal punishment in schools was ended in Britain was behind most of Europe.
In Britain, the Plowden Report was published in It was named after its chair, Lady Plowden. It recommended the abolition of corporal punishment in primary schools.
In the late s and early s, the cane was abolished in most primary schools. In Britain, corporal punishment was banned in state-funded secondary schools in Corporal punishment was banned in private schools in England in In Scotland, it was banned in and in Northern Ireland in Meanwhile, in Canada, the first province to ban corporal punishment in schools was British Columbia in Other provinces followed and finally, the Canadian Supreme Court banned it across the country in Corporal punishment was banned in schools in New Zealand in In Australia, New South Wales led the way.
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Corporal punishment was banned in government schools in and in non-government schools in All the other states followed except Queensland where it remains legal in non-government schools. But it was more than a hundred years before any other state did.
In Massachusetts banned it in public schools. Many states followed but today corporal punishment is still legal in public schools in 19 US states. At the present time corporal punishment in schools has been banned completely in countries.
Corporal Punishment by Parents Throughout history, until recently most parents hit their children. In the 20th century, they sometimes used implements like belts, slippers, hairbrushes, and wooden spoons. However, in the late 20th century and early 21st century, public opinion turned against corporal punishment and in many countries, it has been banned. The first country to ban parents from hitting children was Sweden in Finland followed in So did Norway in and Austria in Many other countries followed.
The first English-speaking country to ban corporal punishment by parents was New Zealand in In parents in Jersey were banned from hitting children. The same year Scotland banned smacking children. Corporal punishment will become illegal in Wales in March Today 63 countries have banned all forms of corporal punishment.
In fact, state data show that Louisiana educators continued to use corporal punishment on children with disabilities as recently as last year.
Ted Beasley, the Louisiana Department of Education spokesman, said he was aware that districts continue to subject children with disabilities to corporal punishment despite the ban.
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He said that parents could file formal complaints with the department if they believe their children were subjected to corporal punishment in violation of federal special education law that affords students with disabilities additional protections, but none have taken that step. A few offered explanations. Data show that children with disabilities were subjected to corporal punishment at Caddo Parish Public Schools in Shreveport during both the and school years.
She said the district has since banned the use of corporal punishment on all students, including those without disabilities, and has trained educators to use restorative justice and recognize the effects of childhood trauma.
The Vernon Parish School District in Leesville reported 21 instances of corporal punishment on children with disabilities during the and school years, according to the state and federal data. But Assistant Superintendent Mike Kay denied that any of the instances ran afoul of the state law. But Taddeo, the state senator, suspects the practice persists elsewhere.
District policy prohibits corporal punishment in Broward County schools and an education committee found probable cause of alleged battery, yet her only punishment was a letter of reprimand, according to the Miami Herald. So it needs to end. And in many parts of the country, it is.
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New Jersey became the first state to ban the practice in schools — in — and all but 19 have since followed suit, most recently New Mexico in Today, a considerable body of research suggests the practice can lead to significant and lifelong harms. National groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association have urged educators and parents to refrain from relying on corporal punishment, arguing that it does not bring about improvements in student behavior, but instead could cause emotional, behavioral and academic problems.
Among them is a study in the peer-reviewed Journal of Pediatricswhich found that children who are spanked are far more likely to abuse intimate partners later in life. In the s, about 4 percent of U. During that time, lawmakers have increasingly put limits on its use. Even in states where the practice remains legal, school districts have imposed their own bans and in Mississippi, the state which outranks all others in striking students, lawmakers prohibited educators from spanking children with disabilities in In fact, 96 percent of public schools in the U.