Discipline in education

Children should be strictly disciplined so that they do not go into the wrong path.

Disciplinary actions in education are not new. Despite many scientific researches showing that those actions bear little meanings toward a child’s behaviors, they are still used continuously through any form of educations. Be it elementary school, military school or just home school, we witness the act of discipline through many forms, such as standing in a corner, or running laps around the yard. Many educators in Asia still think that it is okay to give a child one or two strokes on the palm of hand or butt-cheeks.

While disciplinary actions can prevent a child from doing wrong again, they do not explain to the child while such act is wrong. The child will stop doing the act out of fear, but never understand why it is wrong. If a child is harshly disciplined without given any further explanation, he will culled up and be afraid to do anything. Consequentially, the disciplinary actions will box the child in and prevent his growth.

So to what extend that we can discipline a child? In my opinion it is best to have the child review his actions while an adult explain to him what he did wrong, and what is the consequence. After that let the child actively choose his disciplinary action. That way the child can remember why he should not perform the wrong act.

In conclusion, disciplinary actions are needed in the education process. However, they should not be used as punishment tools. They should only be used as means to aid in children learning of what is right and wrong.

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