A better way to punish errant students

I am surprised that teachers today are still punishing misbehaving children by making them write lines.

While I believe teachers are doing their best under trying circumstances, I wonder if writing out a piece of text hundreds of times actually helps the child and contributes to his learning.

A friend recently suggested a different type of punishment, which I hope teachers will take up.

Say the whole class has an assignment to research a newspaper article and present it to the class.

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The errant student can be made to research two articles and present twice instead.

This idea can certainly be refined, but this form of punishment is a win-win, as it gives the youngster an opportunity to learn more.

Joseph Wong Yong Lye

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2017, with the headline 'A better way to punish errant students'. Print Edition | Subscribe