iPods For Good Behaviour

17 04 2007

Am the only one who thinks we’re going soft? When a kid misbehaves, the answer is not to give them a bloody ipod. What message does that send out? Behave because you might get a reward? What next, we don’t send criminals to prison when they commit crimes, but instead pay them not to? It’s insane. We’re supposed to be preparing these children for the real world, the sort of place where their disruptive behaviour will see them ostracized, at best, and most likely in prison, or possibly even dead.

It’s all part of a larger scheme of things which is slowly causing the degeneration of our society. This all began when we stopped allowing parents to spank their children, despite the consistent evidence of successful generations that proved it worked. Young children have no more mental capacity than animals, and it’s widely accepted that tapping a puppy on the nose when they misbehave will stop them doing it. The government correctly noticed a problematic lack of a correlation between the punishment regime at home, and that at school, and promptly addressed it. Unfortunately, they chose the wrong option. Instead, what they should have done, was empower teachers by allowing them to deliver corporal punishment once more. It doesn’t become a bad method of punishment simply because it offends our delicate liberal sensibilities. Generations of people swore by it and they turned out just fine.

As for the growing number of expulsions for assaulting teachers, what sort of message does rewarding people for not punching a teacher send? It’s assault, it should be treated as such, why do we mollycoddle them? The little thugs should be prosecuted and punished under the criminal system, just as they would be as adults if they hit their boss. A few years of being in a detention centre will beat some sense into them. And if it doesn’t, just draft them into the military; they’ll either die or come back changed people. Either way, we don’t lose.

I must commend the increased powers given to teachers, in terms of confiscating mobile phones and so forth, but I wonder if they go far enough. Are these permanent confiscations? If not, they don’t really achieve anything. After a few minutes of being angry and frustrated most students quickly remember that they’ll get their stuff back so “play along” until they get their stuff back, and then begin misbehaving again. Teachers should be allowed to confiscate any item of the student’s property permanently at their discretion, with the items being auctioned off to the student body and the proceeds given to charity. That would be a double-punishment as not only does the child lose their stuff, but their prized iPod, for example, could end up in the hands of someone they hate.



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