Monday

Let's lock kids in a closet for discipline...K?

I'm sure that sounds about as appealing to me as it does to you. At least I hope it does. Otherwise, I'd like to have a LONG talk with you about proper discipline for a child. Unfortunately, someone needs to have that LONG talk with many of our country's schools.

Also, just as unfortunately, this is NOT a new problem. My husband was locked in a closet in preschool and kindergarten for ADHD. They like to call these, "quiet rooms". The one my husband was locked in was a janitor's closet. And hew as left there (with all of the chemicals, etc) for several hours on regular occasions. His mom had no idea.

As is evidenced by this article, it was still going on in California in this past year.

Here's a joke about this very discipline method. Unfortunately, one too many teachers would actually get excited about this and see it as a real possibility. That's just sad. So sad.

This article gives an interesting take on the subject from Miami-Dade, Florida. According to their logic, it was okay because the closet had a desk and could be opened from the inside. Using that logic, it should be okay for me to lock my child in the trunk of my car for discipline so long as I give him a pen and paper. After all, it CAN be opened from the inside.

So why don't we lock our children inside the trunks of our cars? Because we shouldn't. That's why. Just like we shouldn't lock children in closets, either.

It's quite obvious from this post that locking a child in a closet has absolutely no long-term effects on the child. (If you don't count a new fear of being locked in rooms and claustrophobia in general.)

Middle school teacher Jehanne Helena Beaton spoke very eloquently on the effect of discipline (of any kind) on our children. Below is an excerpt from her article, "Rethinking Discipline" which can be found on the website Rethinking Schools:

"Discipline policies communicate powerful messages to our students about their worth,
value, and power, and our expectations and beliefs about who they are and what they can
do. Do we ever step back and examine the hidden curriculum behind our disciplinary policies?
Do we recognize what our disciplinary actions teach our young people about authority,
power, and voice? Do we consider how undemocratic most of our disciplinary policies are?
Do we realize how we reinforce silent compliance and conformity, and squelch
individuality, creativity, and critical thinking?"

Well said, Ms. Beaton. I don't think I could have said it better myself.

And this, folks, is yet another reason why we homeschool.

-Me

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