Recent Comments: Writing As Punishment – A Rant

From our post of January 23rd on "Writing As Punishment":

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"Personally, I believe all of us turn too quickly to punishment to
solve behavior problems when other approaches might work better. But I
concede that there may be times when punishment is necessary. At those
time, when punishment is administered I very strongly believe that the
"punishment should fit the crime." I absolutely DO NOT consider having
students write an essay in response to a behavior problem to be an
appropriate punishment.

…I am not a teacher, so I can barely begin to understand or
appreciate the challenge of maintaining discipline in a classroom.
However, as a parent concerned with the use and overuse of punishment,
my thinking has been radically affected by the works of Alfie Kohn,
especially his book _Punished by Rewards_. He takes a very critical
look at, and offers alternatives to, the popular methods of punishment
and reward used in our culture. You may find some food for thought in
his books"

- RAE

"I see nothing wrong with using writing assignments as a punishment.
It is used in the UK in some private schools. State schools have banned
it, along with everything else.

As a teenager, I was made to go to a saturday detention where I had
to copy out one line for ever and ever. 3 hours in the morning, lunch
break and 3 hours in the afternoon. You wouldn’t want to do that again
the following week would you ?"

- Mckensie

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