Can teachers punish students ?
August 4, 2007 4:40am CST
Recently a teacher had cut the hair of a girl student as she was not wearing a two plat which is mandatory rule of the school.But subsequently the event caused a big issue and it had been reported to the department and enquiry held.Being found the teacher at fault, she has been transferred to another school with a strict warning.Like this some teachers behave rudely and some incidents take place which we could read in daily newspapers. Because of this rude behaviour of some teachers the reputation of other teachers too get spoiled.Teaching is such a noble and dedicated profession to admire.I still remember some of my teachers even now because of their great attribution towards my education. I feel it is correct for the department to take action against this errand teacher. My argument is that no teachers looses temper for nothing but with valid reason the teacher when she or he takes action on student who is disobedient will have to be very careful what punishment to be given. when a student fails in a subject when a student is disobedient when a student misbehaves in the class when a student is coming late to the class student getting absent to the school very often student coming to school without neatness student fighting with other students The above are some regular offences done by the students. My opinion is that there should be punishment but at the same time should not be harsh to the students.Please share your opinion.
• Delhi, India
5 Aug 07
Very Good Post indeed! You must be some officer in the Government of you must be some Minister in the Government. I always find you fighting for social causes and writing on the social causes. So great on your part. I entirely agree with you views, whatever you have written here. There should be a debate, which punishment be given to children and upto what extent the teachers can punish a student. Sometimes, teachers are compelled to punish a naughty student due to his behaviour, but there should be some guidelines, conventions and parameters for the same. You should write your opinion to Education Ministry, Govt. of India and your State Govt. also.
5 Aug 07
Tnks for the appreciation deepak.Hope if i get a job in that grade i will try my maximum to change the education pattern first. Some teachers dont follow the norms of punishment and simply use abusive lanuguages and some harsh punishments over students.Actually i started this post as i get to read lot of incidents in the recent past with relavant to teachers punishing students in a rude manner.
21 Aug 07
Very bad news. How a teacher can punish student in such a unhuman way. School should throw out such teachers. It shows that particular teacher is not suitable for the job of teacher. Discipline is necessary and they should get punished for that but not in such a manner. I am realy happy when I read news about a creative way to punish students, who were smoking in school premises. Every teacher, educationist, parent and student should learn lesson from that news. You can read that news: http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1246349.aspx.
22 Aug 07
I read your discussion.Its great and a very good way to tackle such naughty students who spoil their health in this small age.I hope after that incident they never dare to touch cigerattes.. you have rightly commented to my discussion..but unfortunately the teacher who did this blunder to the female student was only transferred to another school.I think she should have received the dismissal order from the education department.
5 Aug 07
Well i agree.I believe there must not be any mandatory super strict dress codes unless if it looks way tom indecent but anyway who gives damn about the clothes u wear or how u dress ur hair???It is about what u learn in school that counts. As for scolding children, this must be done within reason and must be done if the student really crosses the line
16 Aug 07
This is my own opinion: Teachers can discipline the students but they cannot punish them because even the word "punishment" when kids hear that brings about negative things. I was a tecaher before and I never punished any of my students, I corrected them and disciplined them but never given punishments. Children are all playful and can irritate you once in a while but as a teacher you should be very patient with them and you know how to hold temper at your best..
13 Aug 07
I dont think teachers have the right to punish the children. Their obligation is to teach them and help them learn. If they have attitude problems, they should talk to them and if they wont listen, they bring the case to the guidance counselor so that their parent would be informed about the problems their child is encountering in school.
10 Aug 07
i think that depends on what kind of punishment.i was punished when i was a little girl,but my teacher knew the way,so when i look back now,all i remember is good memory. physical punishment is absolutely not allowed,i think.if what the teacher did makes things worse,or cause a bad impact,then i consider that teacher did it wrong.like the teacher you mentioned,he didnt think of the results. i know what the feeling if others cut my hair,it's like an insult,and the hurt is big.
• United States
5 Aug 07
That incident was very wrong. The teacher could have just given her a warning or sent her home explaining to the parents that her hairstyle was an infringement of the school's dress code. It could have been very serious if the girl's religious beliefs did not allow her hair to be cut.
5 Aug 07
Surely teacher can punish they students,if they student doesn't want to hear they advice or follow the school law! It is the faileure of the teacher if the students become more powerfull then teacher!Also the parents must take control they children carefully.Dont let they children become uncontrolled!The education world is to teach the person to more educated in knowledge and behaviour!
5 Aug 07
Yes you are quite right.Actually there has to be punishment but there has to be a limit.Thrashing,insulting is not a way of punishing.Actually a student should respect a teacher not be afraid.Then student can never be free with teachers.Teacher should be able to understand a student more than mere punishment.
5 Aug 07
teachers should not do any physical punishments to these children or students. even though some of these children are very much misbehaving. There are very stubborn students, some students fight with other students. punishments should be with suspensions and terminations from school. not physical punishments like push-ups or sitting on the air or spanking.
4 Aug 07
maybe its how the teacher punish or discipline the student.my stand about this is that teachers dont have any right to spank there students.i believe that the teacher is there is guide the students my verbal discipline.teachers can talk to there students..
4 Aug 07
Hi!I do agree that punishments should be there to a certain extent but not severe that they should have adverse effects on the child.It should be avoided to the maximum & taken up as the last resort.A child would do something willingly if it makes up its mind to do so, & this is what the teacher has exactly got to do.The teacher has to somehow make the child realize to do what the teacher wants the child to do but not by force, but in the way the child is ready to listen....through friends, or books or whatever the interest of the child.Then nothing would stop the child, for now it has become the INTEREST of the child. GOD BLESS, www.creatingcolourfulfuture.com
4 Aug 07
Dear subathra I think that teachers should have the right to punish students but it should be in limits .. and not crossing the limits which will affect child's growth. Parents send their child for their development and not for things which will affect their physical and mental health .. What the teacher did is a crime in my opinion and she should be punished for that .. rather than just getting a warning and transfer. That teacher can repeat this behavious .. why is she still a teacher ??
4 Aug 07
Yes friend. I think in a similar way. I think teachers should be very careful when punishing students no matter the offence they commit. Here in Africa, people are used to using their hands in punishing others which is too bad, but over the years, some of them have realized how bad it is to hurt people using either cain or their bare hands. Thanks