Wednesday, July 30, 2008

crime and punishment

the news about the students being made to sit the whole day in the corridor of the school as a punishment shook me and shocked me. it made me angry as i thought about it in the context of my school-aged daughter. how dare the school authorities impose this punishment or any punishment whatsoever. to top it all, the punishment was meted out not for an act by the students- their parents had skipped the parent-teachers meet on saturday.
schools are in the news increasingly for the wrong reasons. the inability to deal with the disciplinary issues, the excess workload and pitiable salaries are driving the teachers to take resort to punishment as a way out. it is high time punishment (out-moded means to achieve compliance) was done away with. What is the message one is giving the children (future citizens of our country) by punishing them for something they did or others did? what values are we imbibing in them? will they grow up to become better than us or just remain in our image?
The school authorities must be punished (not by making them sit in the open) for having done such a ghastly act. better still, they must be reformed. punishment does not achieve anything. the objective is to change the thinking of the person and not make him/her feel miserable. at least in the future children can go to school without fear of punishment.

1 comment:

Mithraah Indiirh said...

i can't believe this still happens sir... In public school, the authorities often got away with such senseless punishments, because they were all residential schools and parents weren't all that involved in what was happening to their kids...
The CBSE had to ban such punishments, before they were removed from the school I studied in... I can't believe such things happen in schools in cities, where the parents are around all the time...
maybe its about time we re-thought our educational system...
the method of punishment, or whether it's even required needs to be re-thought!
it's about time...