Scolding a child in front of whole class by a teacher, is it just???

@saunty (604)
India
October 10, 2007 4:49pm CST
Most of the times even we came accross to such condiion that teacher do scolds a student in front of the whole class and that child stands at the middle simply nodding down his head , that time we dont bother about what goin on in his sentiments, its a very shocking and shameful situation for any of the child , it may even lead him to divert from his duty and indulge in to some unwanted acivities, hence what i feel is scolding a student amidst the class should be bann , how you people think about it?
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• Philippines
11 Oct 07
I think every person has to experience shame one way or another. It is ok for a teacher to scold a child in front of the whole class as a way of discipline as long as the teacher would not physically hurt the child. The key there is to teach the child to accept criticisms so that they wouldn't grow up to be people who can't accept criticisms.
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6 Jun 11
My teacher and headmaster still slaps a boy in my class called Alex was just fiddling with his fingers and our teacher thumped him on the back and my headmaster slaps children who even just get an answer wrong Our skool is very strict
@mkirby624 (1601)
• United States
14 Oct 07
I explain it to my students this way. if you choose to act out in front of your entire class and disrupt the lesson, then I have no other choice than to chastize you in front of your classmates. I don't have the time or the extra eyes for supervision to take a student outside and scold him/her there. I don't like chastizing them in class because it DOES shut them down, but shortly thereafter, once the students are on a task, I try to sit down with that student and talk about what he did and why I reacted that way. It usually turns out ok. But in all honesty, if a child is acting out in class and persistently disrupting my class, I don't feel the need to show any respect for his feelings. He chose to act out after repeated warnings, so he will simply have to suffer the consequences. Especially once they are of middle school age. Elementary kids may be different, but I don't teach them...so this is all my opinion based on my experience teaching 6th graders in a middle school.
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@izathewzia (5145)
• Philippines
11 Oct 07
If the teacher of my daughter will do it to her, sure is I will talk to her. it is not proper to humiliate chidren in front of other children. It is traumatic for them and will greatly affect their self-esteem. If my child will commit a mistake, she should be guided in secret. Only she and the teacher should be talking and no one should be listening.
@mkirby624 (1601)
• United States
14 Oct 07
Do you expect your daughter's boss to never criticize her in front of her co-workers? If you daughter is acting up in class, she has to be chastised. If this embarasses her, then maybe she should choose not to act up in class any longer.
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• United States
18 Dec 12
Speaking as a boss, absolutely NOT should a boss correct an employee in front of their peers. Common courtesy and treating a person with respect should prevail whether older or a child.
• United States
17 Oct 07
Well, depends on how serious the event is, but most of the teachers don't do that anywhere I think. Now a day kids are harder to control and never listen. I don't really think that teacher should scold kids in front of everybody unless things were really really big. I don't even think teacher has the power to do that. The only people can do that probably are family, basically parent.
@hob684 (53)
• United States
24 Oct 07
teachers can scold students whenever and wherever they want. as long as they don't lay a hand on them, they can chew them up one side and down the other. quite frankly, some of these kids need that.
@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
14 Oct 07
Yes its just. Some of these kids don't even get scolded at home by their parents. SOMEONE should step in and scold them when they are wrong, especially if they are being disruptive or worse violent in the classroom. The kids are there to learn, not to yell, not to harass each other, not to hurt each other, and not to act stupid. Many times a good front of the room scolding is needed for problem cases. The thing I don't like is parents, some teachers and some school districts cutting down on this (cause it'll hurt some feelings -_-) *sigh* In my opinion, being scolded is the shallow end of the discipline pool. If it was me I'd send them to in school suspension. Worse infractions will not be tolerated either, I'm not opposed to suspending malefactor students from a classroom.
@mkirby624 (1601)
• United States
15 Oct 07
amen
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• India
13 Oct 07
Yes you are right, correcting is different from scolding and abusing, many times we've seen teachers favoring students who do well in their studies and always bullying students who are weak in studies. This will definitely make the weak student even more weaker. Today most teachers are teachers not by choice but by filtration, In India first preference for career is given for medicine and engineering and then there are other fields like civil service,banking,finance ,IT and other high paying jobs, So men and women who are incompetent for all the high skilled jobs finally end up teachers. I've studied under really stupid and idiotic teachers who knew only shouting and beating and I've studied under teachers who've inspired non performers to perform. Since majority of the teachers hit this profession by filtration this evil will continue for some time.
@mkirby624 (1601)
• United States
14 Oct 07
That is sad that teachers are the people who are too incompetent to do the other jobs. I feel sorry for your education system if that is the case!
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@cmfoo94 (42)
• Singapore
11 Oct 07
I agreee tha school a student in class should be ban, as well as public canning. If a teacher scold a student not in front of the class then i think tis okay. If a teacher schold a student right in front of the class, the student would be very embarrase. He may not like the teacher anymore and may purposely make the teacher angry and not paying attention in that teacher class. Therefor, they should ban teacher for scolding student right in front of the whole class!
@mkirby624 (1601)
• United States
14 Oct 07
If a student gets embarassed by being scolded in front of the class, maybe that student will learn to no longer act up in class.
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@shadowing (309)
• Malaysia
11 Oct 07
Hi Saunty. Well, I personally disagree with the idea of scolding a child in front of whole class by a teacher. I mean, it won't work if a teacher teaches a student like this. Haha. I mean I did get scolded like this before by my teachers, in fact my whole group of friends together. I know her intention was to embarrassed us in front of our friend and we will remember the mistakes for life. However, it simple won't work. We were not listening to her when she was scolding and in fact no matter how we were not gong to obey any instruction from her. I mean we students did have out own pride and we don't really want to put in such a situation. So, I am agree with you. Scolding a student amidst the class should be banned.
@mkirby624 (1601)
• United States
14 Oct 07
If scolding students in front of classmates is banned, we will have a worse discipline problem than we already have. In a class of 30 students, I don't have time to pull aside each student who is misbehaving in the middle of my lesson. I correct their behavior and continue teaching. I can't interrupt my lesson to constantly go have a private chat with a student.
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• India
4 Jan 13
Hi friend, i agree with you, really this is a great punishment to the student and teacher must avoid such kind of activity and blame him privately as well as tell his faults to realize the problem
@youless (65825)
• Guangzhou, China
28 Dec 12
Of course it is not good to scold a child in front of the whole class by a teacher. Since the children will be hurtful and feel ashamed to it. Then they may not be interested in the school or even lose the self-confidence. I always hope that the school can be a fun place so that the children will enjoy studying there. Everybody makes a mistake. So it is common for children to make a mistake, too. As long as they can realize it and try to avoid it, that will be good enough.
@nickventere (1426)
• Zambia
8 Sep 08
This has a very big psychological impact on a child's performance and even attitude. I think it would be unprofessional of a teacher to do that. the best a teacher in such a situation can do is to talk to the pupil/student alone, away from his or her peers and not to scold her in front of everyone else.
@miamilady (4925)
• United States
23 Oct 07
There is a difference between scolding a child for disrupting the class and humiliating or demeaning a child for something that he cannot do or control. Of course, if the child is disrupting a classroom full of children in the middle of a lesson or during worktime, the teacher must address the situation imediately. If that happens in front of his or her peers, so be it. What I don't think is acceptable is when a teacher takes his or her own issues out on a child, or when the teacher doesn't bother to try to see the whole picture. If the child is having trouble learning a lesson, you don't call the child out in front of the class to make an example of him. If the child has a short attention span or perhaps even some self control issues, you don't demean them. I realize that teachers have a lot to deal with. Sometimes they just do the best they can with the situation they've been delt. Some kids are harder to deal with than others. Some kids are just plain out of control. These kids are probably a major cause of teachers who burn out. But, there are also teachers who use their postion as a power trip. There are teachers who bully and humiliate children just because they can. Unfortunately our system is so messed up that the good teachers don't get the credit they deserve and the lousy teachers can't be fired. It seems I started to get off topic. The bottom line is. It's okay to correct a child in front of the class withing reason. It is NOT okay to humiliate or degrade a child in front of his peers, to the point that it will damage his self esteem. Each student is an individual. What might inspire one student to behave could crush another student. That is one of the the challenges that teachers face. Getting to know their students as individuals when they have so MANY students to teach.
• United States
23 Oct 07
Embarrasing a child is not the right thing to do.
• United States
22 Oct 07
This really depends on the situation. If the student just needs to settle down then I will ask him to infront of the class. But I really don't see that as scolding a child. If I need to scold a child, I take them out to the hallway where no one else can hear what is being said. The other children know this child is getting in trouble, but they don't know the degree of trouble and, in my opinion, it's none of their business. I don't see where it should be banned. But I don't think teachers should cross that line either.
@dimaks (775)
• Japan
21 Oct 07
it may seem not so good for a student but as the other have said here, there is not that much time to talk to students one at a time. unfortunately, the teacher has to take his/her course of action in front of the whole class so that others may also learn the lesson. it is for the benefit of the whole class i guess. my idea :)
• Sri Lanka
17 Oct 07
hi! mmm - you're quite right i feel. i mean, most of the time, the child hasn't even done anything serious, and he/she just gets lambasted in front of all his/her friends. one slightly different experience i had was when i had to send a message to another teacher and left the class only for a little while, to find out, when i came back, that the teacher had said something about me behind my back. and then another time, i hadn't completed some work given by the teacher, and she had the impertinence to ask me this absolutely absurd question - whether i hadn't been able to complete the work due to family problems - what on earth????? i remember one thing - i suuuuuuuuure didn't have any symptoms of that kind. one of the main problems i feel is that some teachers think they have the authority to treat you like some 'hopeless' thing - like as if you haven't done anything, and that you have a duty to listen quietly to any rubbish that they hurl at you. now i think that, if, at that time i was attending school, if some of the teachers had reprimanded us and just been firm with us and told us not to do something or to refrain from something wrong, without trying to humiliate us, then i wouldn't be writing this. the thing is, even after reprimanding a child over something, some teachers try to permanently label that child as 'bad'/ 'hopeless'/ 'weak'/ 'inintelligent'/ etc, and also treat him/her badly thus very openly - in front of all the classmates. i think one of the most important things that the principal and other heads in a school can do, is to be vigilant - they can even take some time to just walk about the classrooms and school buildings, to overhear the stuff happening inside those walls - o did i and so many of my friends wish that the principal would see into those things - i can remember a completely chauvinistic cad - so called teacher - for a couple of years, walk in and out of school premises without being noticed by our then principal - but later he got sacked so yay! i can remember there were some awwwwwfully bad teachers in our school, at the same time there were those good ones you can't even hold a candle against. anyway -=- i think most principals and heads in a school should exercise more concern in screening out each and every teacher they take into the school. some teachers walk in and out of school premises, try to discourage and harass more and more children, and get away scot free - when i and my friends were in school, somewhere when we were 16+, i remember certain teachers even trying to setup some students against their friends, subjecting certain students (some were differently abled) to utter humiliation, calling them names (that's like, tooootally irresponsible on the part of a teacher). i dont have to exaggerate when i say that some years ago, a paedophile walked into one reputed school in our city, in the guise of a 'teacher', and tried to play hell there at each class he conducted, asking students to go to a certain address, where they'd be able to witness private 'demonstrations' - it was not after all the complaints came streaming in from parents and pupils to the principal's office, but after the lady security officer working there became suspicious of the man and decided to check him, that the principal's eyes were opened and it suddenly dawned on everybody that they must arrest the man. o boy - i've written a very loooong message, but i do hope to answer your question in detail again. well - i guess all i'm trying to say is that, the heads in a school or any institution should screen these people and always be vigilant and take time to see what's going on. and they, from the top, should try to create an environment where children are not just treated as little puppets or little helpless beings - but sensitive human beings, that must be listened to and given due respect to - and they should not let the teachers just prance about, showing off their so-called authority, but get them to understand that they are educators and people who are supposed to love and nurture - not harp.
@saibunny (84)
• India
13 Oct 07
We scold a child only when he has done something wrong. A child nodding down his head means that he accepts his wrong. Scolding in front of all will definately act as a check on all his futur activities. At the same time the other students also take it seriously. There is nothing wrong in scolding students even if it is infornt of all. Afterall it is their stage of learning. What a teacher should take care is the intensity of scolding. It should be so that the child is pointed out with wrong and not like which makes him feel negative. Corporal punishment is already ban, if you ban even scolding.. how can you control those notorious kids.
• Philippines
13 Oct 07
It is really a case-to-case basis. A child or student should be scolded in the presence of his classmates if he/she is able to handle such scolding by the teacher. But if that child is an emotional and very touchy individual, it is better not to reprimand him in front of the class otherwise this child will develop inferiority with himself and would be embarrassed from the time of the incident happened between him and his teacher. It would even result to negativistic attitude. He'll tend to be rebellious,therefore learning will not take place.
• Philippines
13 Oct 07
It is really a case-to-case basis. A child or student should be scolded in the presence of his classmates if he/she is able to handle such scolding by the teacher. But if that child is an emotional and very touchy individual, it is better not to reprimand him in front of the class otherwise this child will develop inferiority with himself and would be embarrassed from the time of the incident happened between him and his teacher. It would even result to negativistic attitude. He'll tend to be rebellious,therefore learning will not take place.
• United States
12 Oct 07
I agree teachers should never single out a child. Although most students that act out are subconsciously seeking attention. However, negative attention is not what they should get. Too many times teachers forget that they are dealing with a fragile age. They forget that they are the adult. If a teacher has a problem w/a student he/she should speak to the child outside of the room immediately or tell the child they will see them afterschool for a discussion, even include a parent if neccessary.