Punished in School
In today’s society, people are associating punishment at schools with physical abuse. Punishment administrators at schools including teachers may opt to use a paddle, a hand, a switch or any other object that has the capacity to inflict physical pain. It could be in the form of beating, thrashing or even whipping. Here I’m explaining one of my stories.
The way most school systems want to discipline their students in the school system is to beat them. I was totally shocked when the teacher threw my exercise book on my face. She stood there glowering at me with her huge eyes. What had I done? Next, the boy beside me got the same treatment. One by one the teacher repeated her nasty actions on a total of five boys. The whole class was dumbfounded by her sudden outburst of anger. We were merely kids and were terrified of her. The fact that she was the headmaster’s wife did not help matters. These physical pains schools allow using on students have become a problem. Moreover, such kind of punishment may sometimes physically impair a student for his whole life.
Then we were sent to the headmaster’s office. The five of us did not know what we had done wrong, but it must be something terrible. Still, we walked bravely into the office.
“You are all trouble-makers, aren’t you?” the headmaster began. We looked at each other. What trouble did we make?
“I hear you never do what the teacher tells you. You are disobedient,” continued the headmaster.
We protested but were told to shut up. Chong, my classmate, had his hands in his pockets and the headmaster said, “Manners maketh a man. You’ve got no manners boy.” Chong hastily took his hands out and stood at attention.
Then the headmaster went on to accuse us of not doing our work properly, being ill-mannered and noisy, among other things. He was wrong most of the time. I admit that our work was not top-class material but the accusations were grossly exaggerated or totally unfounded.
Discipline is a must for students in schools and colleges. There are many ways to discipline students aside from corporal punishment. Anyhow each of us received a cut of the headmaster’s cane. It did not hurt that much. What hurt was the injustice done onto us? We were punished for flimsy reasons but what could we do? We could do nothing but walk slowly back to class and try to get along with the tyrannous teacher. Children are mainly punished for not doing homework, doing mischief, or not having discipline. They help the child be disciplined and help to improve the child psychology and help cultivate good habits.
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