Posts Tagged ‘Behaviour Management’

If My School Approved of Corporal Punishment I Would Resign Instantly

July 16, 2014



Corporal punishment in schools is a horrible idea!

Not only is it demeaning and degrading to children (the very children we are served with the responsibility to protect and nurture), but in my view, teachers do not even deserve the trust that goes with such a task.

There is an idealised notion in the wider community that all teachers act with the best interests of their students. I wish this were true. Sadly, it isn’t. Some teachers, a minority but still enough to make you worry, think very selfishly when it comes to administering consequences for student infractions. They just want whatever and whoever is bothering them to go away, the pain or discomfort inflicted on the child is an afterthought at best.

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If corporal punishment was allowed, the very best teachers would refuse to practice it. Some of those that would implement it would inevitably include tired and worn out teachers, low on patience and with a distinct anger problem. These teachers are incapable of administering punishment properly whether by force or any other means, but especially by force.

I’m sick of the radicalisation of education! Why does it have to be a case of hit the child or spoil the child? Why can’t we seize the middle ground and offer a school experience that is positive and vibrant, that makes each child feel valued for who they are and who they can become, but at the same time build high expectations for proper behaviour and attitude?

I think the thoughts of Dr. Donnelly (a man whose views I often agree with) are quite regressive and disappointing:


The head of the Abbott government’s national curriculum review has backed the use of corporal punishment for ill-disciplined children in schools if it is supported by the local school community.

Kevin Donnelly, co-chair of the national curriculum review and a widely published commentator on educational issues, said on Tuesday that corporal punishment was effective during his childhood and still has some merit.

“What would you, as you’ve been involved with this for so long, describe as the best punishment you can come across even if it is one that has gone away?” asked 2UE host Justin Smith. “I’m not alluding to the strap here. I don’t think you would ever resort to that. You would never advocate bringing that back surely?”

Dr Donnelly responded by saying, “Well” followed by a pause – an answer that surprised Mr Smith.

Dr Donnelly continued: “I grew up in Broadmeadows, a housing commission estate in Melbourne, and we had a Scottish phys-ed teacher.

“Whenever there were any discipline problems he would actually take the boy behind the shed and say, ‘We can either talk about this or you can throw the first punch’.

“That teacher would probably lose his job now but it was very effective. He only had to do it once and the kids were pretty well behaved for the rest of the year.”

Dr Donnelly went on to say “those days are gone”. But questioned further on the merits of corporal punishment, he said: “If the school community is in favour of it then I have got no problem if it’s done properly.


Click on the link to read A Message to Those that Advocate Corporal Punishment

Click on the link to read YouTube Clip of High School Student Getting Slapped by Teacher

Click on the link to read 19 US States Still Allow Corporal Punishment in their Classrooms

Click on the link to read The Disgusting Act by a Teacher that Drove a Schoolgirl to Attempt Suicide

Click on the link to read Legalised Corporal Punishment = Legalised Physical Assault

Click on the link to read The New Form of Spanking

School Builds Prison Block for Troublemaking Students

September 11, 2012


At least this school doesn’t pretend it’s not a prison:

Furious parents and local councillors today blasted a school after it unveiled plans to build a ‘prison-style’ block for 12 of its most notorious troublemakers.

Tudor Grange Academy in Worcester, West Midlands – which has the second highest expulsion rate in England – has applied to convert a disused office block into an ‘alternative education’ facility.

Anyone else think we have all but given up?

Click on the link to read Being a Teacher Makes Me Regret the Way I Treated My Teachers

Click on the link to read Problem Kids, Suspensions and Revolving Doors

Click on the link to read Useful Resources to Assist in Behavioural Management

Click on the link to read When Something Doesn’t Work – Try Again Until it Does

Dealing With the Abusive Child

September 6, 2011

A number years ago I had a very difficult student who possessed a huge temper.  His volcanic-type eruptions usually came with a tirade of expletives, threats and thrown classroom items.  In short, the class and even some teachers were intimidated of him.

One day, in my first year of Primary teaching, I made him upset.  I can not recollect what I did, but you can be rest assured that it was very minor.  He was extremely livid with me and let me know all about it in a letter in which he threatened to beat me up.  In this letter he also cursed repeatedly, claimed that I treated him worse than the other students and it also contained other threats.

He left the note on my desk to read, which I did soon after he placed it on my table.  Although a bit shaken by the emotive language and violent imagery, I maintained my calm and instantly decided that he was looking for a reaction from me.  I figured that he wanted me to be angry or emotional in some way, and if I was, he would get some satisfaction from that response.

Instead, I pinned his letter on a noticeboard behind my desk in the company of thoughtful cards and messages I’d received from students.  There, front and center, amongst all these colourful “Thank You” cards, was his malicious letter.

I’m not certain how long it took him to notice the letter up there, but what I do know is that the next time I looked up at my noticeboard the letter had disappeared.  In its place was a new card, written by the same kid, thanking me for teaching him and helping him with his work.

Clearly this method wont work every time.  But I still think there is great value in keeping calm, avoiding the emotional payoff of getting angry or making threats of your own.

Meet the Classroom Management Guru

August 11, 2011

Below are two clips from a film made by Australia’s behaviour management guru, Bill Rogers.  I think all teacher’s will find this useful regardless of experience.

Clip 1

Clip 2

Please share these clips with your colleagues.  I’ve attended a Bill Rogers seminar and found it very useful.

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