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Classroom discipline - how has it changed?

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Classroom discipline - how had it changed? - Collette Reynolds School discipline had changed in many ways over the years and probably the main change is the abolition of corporal punishment in the early 1980's. Before then much of the inappropriate behaviour within school would be dealt with this way, and it could be argued that this was sometimes used too often and not as a last resort which is what would have been expected. Many of those children, who are adults today, will have vivid memories of corporal punishment and this will sometimes be the most memorable aspect of their school life, rather than the things that they learned. This of course will not apply to everyone, but the old fashioned discipline methods involved a lot of fear and intimidation, children were treated strictly and grouped together as a whole. ...read more.


There are strong parent/school links and any problems are quickly addressed. Most schools have clear behaviour policies set out and many individual classrooms also have classroom sanctions that the children are made aware of early in the school year. There are many issues that have arisen since the abolition of corporal punishment, the general discipline in school today can sometimes be very poor. Children often have little respect for the teachers and are aware of the fact that they cannot be punished physically, peer pressure means that bad behaviour can be reinforced and patterns can emerge that are difficult to break. A valid reason that there are often strong parent/school links is that it can help with discipline problems. If the school can work together with the parents to deal with problem behaviour then a solution can be found to sort it out. ...read more.


Another thing that seems to have changed is that discipline generally takes place within the classroom, years ago the Head teacher was feared and children sent to see them for punishment. The modern approach tends to use that method as a last resort, teachers try to deal with discipline problems themselves as they happen and only involve the Head teacher if the situation becomes more serious. This had made the relationship between the Head teacher and the children a more positive one. Some would say that the pendulum has swung too far the other way and that there is little respect in schools today, but it is a very difficult thing to balance. One of the things that many people would say is that there are always new things that can be learned and new attitudes that treat the children individually must be seen as a step in the right direction. ...read more.

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