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Saturday, September 4, 2010

India Bans Corporal Punishment and Mental Harassment in Schools-- Along with Detentions and Expulsions


I admit that I am absolutely clueless as to what schools are like in India. Still, I'm not so sure banning detention is the best idea...

From an article in The Times of India:

"With some incidents of harsh punishments meted out to children apparently weighing heavy on his mind, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said the school environment should be 'free from fear, trauma and anxiety' to make the Right to Education (RTE) a grand national movement.

"'The RTE Act bans corporal punishment and mental harassment. It also bans detention and expulsion. These provisions have led many teachers to question how discipline will be maintained in the classroom,' he said."

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"He said that the answer to the issue of maintaining discipline was given by philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti who said, 'Discipline is an easy way to control a child, but it does not help him to understand the problems involved in living...If the teacher can give full attention to each child, observing and helping him, then compulsion or domination or discipline in any form may be unnecessary'."

Well, good luck with that, I guess. But, I'm really not so sure that a teacher giving their undivided attention to every student all the time is really possible... let alone all that practical... let alone that such attention would actually work in place of any form of punishment.

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