When school discipline kids does it do more harm then good?
No. I think discipline teaches children there will always be consequences for their actions. Discipline is needed all throughout one's life.
The short answer is that punishment is NOT the same thing as discipline, and pales and fails miserably - by comparison or standing alone. No one benefits from punishment. Period.
Correction, properly motivated and properly given, is good for all of us. Punishment teaches one to avoid. Life is a one shot deal and should not be avoided.
The good stuff comes from compassionate teaching, not from depriving someone or making him/her feel badly.
That's ancient, foolhearty, and if we're honest with ourselves, often a passive aggressive form of revenge.
Discipline and love are the stuff that makes us and life better.
"No one benefits from punishment"
I disagree. Sometimes, people must be punished for their actions. It shows that actions have consequences and, in some cases, protects others.
The consequence should be appropriate redirection and "cleaning up one's own mess". That teaches responsibility and corrects the behavior by showing what TO do.
Punishment motivates you not to get *caught*. That protects nobody.
What we have right now are a lot of school taking license with what are enforceable infractions, then causing scandals over it, and being over ruled by a higher official constantly.
The worst thing a student has to deal with is being disciplined by somebody that has a questionable notion of right and wrong and can't follow the rules themselves.
The real problem is that parents are so weak these days that they want the school system, media, and anything and anybody but themselves to take the initiative in raising their kids. Kids really have nobody to look up to.
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