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Physical punishment in schools

December 12, 2016


Physical punishment in schools

 Physical punishment is defined as the use of physical force or power, threatened, actual or moral, by the teacher in order to educate and modify ta student’s behavior. Modern educational studies showed that the positive outcome of reward is more beneficial than the negative results of punishment that either results in, or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation. The teacher should realize that his capital in teaching is the love of his students for him through containing them, his excellence in teaching, being characterized by prudent management of the class, giving clear and straightforward instructions because prevention is better than cure.
Hereinafter are some suggestions that should be followed as alternatives of physical punishment

1. Avoid anger , be a good example, give advice and guidance.
2. Explain the error of the student and do not accelerate the punishment through expelling him out of the class period or giving him extra homework, or mocking him in front of his classmates.
3. Deprivation of playing, even though for a short period or deprivation of things the student likes.
4. Activating incentive awards through applause and praise and awarding certificates of merit and writing encouraging and commendatory phrases on the students’ copybooks for accomplishing a certain assignment.
5. Encouraging the students tto pardon and forgive, to enhance social relationships, and to present effective positive initiatives for the school.
6. Introducing the school rules and regulations to the students and the necessity of abiding with them which leads to discipline.

Prepared by: Hanna Basir/Al Ahliyyah College
Revised by: Dr. Khaled Jawareesh.

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