Educational Punishment

In class today, one of my teachers sent a girl out of the room to do her unfinished homework. If a kid acts up and won’t stop misbehaving, she sends him/her outside of the room for several minutes. Those solutions seem to defeat the purpose of school: to learn. I think that, when deciding how to punish students, they should keep one main objective in mind: keep the student learning. One of the best ways to do this is to keep the student in the room. Then, the teacher can frequently call on them, so that even if they don’t know the answer to the question they are asked, the teacher can kinda-sorta deduce what the student does not know and explain to them what they’re missing. If the student is stuck outside twiddling their thumbs or doing a worksheet, they’re not really learning anything. They probably don’t know the answer to worksheet questions anyway.

If a student fails to complete their homework, do not send them outside of the room to complete their work because of the reasons above. Give them incentive to do it after class (along with any further homework) by perhaps saying that they must sit through ISS or otherwise be punished. Avoid extra homework, because that could easily stack up, creating far too many worksheets to keep track of.

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