Children are often put into detention for misbehavior during classes if they lie, cheat on assignments, for tardiness, and other wrongdoings. It is considered a passive mode of punishment where the student has to stay back after classes, or sometimes after school, to do community service, help the teacher finish chores or finish their assignments that have not been completed.
Children across all age groups are aware that detentions are a form of punishment, and while it may be effective at a certain age, older children may take it lightly, as it may or may not address the main issues at hand. Studies have been conducted and many results point towards the thought that encroaching on a child’s free time does not seem to yield the right rewards.
Detention for students
Whether at international schools in Delhi NCR or anywhere else, the crux of the matter is that putting a child into detention is simply teaching them that bad behavior has consequences but does not teach them anything about what good behavior reaps. During detention, there is little scope of learning the good behavior as many detentions attendees do completely unrelated chores and extra work far removed from the original area of problem.
Ineffectual and exclusionary disciplinary policies that are still practiced in many schools across the world, such as suspensions, expulsions, or referrals, increase small offenses like disobedience, being late for class, disrupting in class, and talking back to the teacher rudely, or with contempt. These types of actions can be necessary, depending on the severity of the problem. However, one can also try and find alternate ways of dealing with the problems which will be beneficial and will also teach the student why it is wrong to do that deed. As these most policies work against the will of the students, it hampers the chances of positive development, without the support of the elders, when it is much required.
This is a strong line of approach towards discipline, where the focus is on repairing the harm through student engagements and group engagements. This type of practice builds strong practices for the student community besides promoting healthy and communicative relationships between the educators and the students. It teaches students better emotional and conflict resolution skills required to function in any modern society, to reduce conflicts whenever possible, find peaceful solutions, and it is also effective in maintaining the calm.
Restorative justice employs methods and processes such as conferencing, dialogues and peace circles, peer-led meditation, and restorative practices to understand the root cause of the behavior, often a result of how adults behave around the child.
This mode of behavior management is looking for opportunities to understand and then address the last piece to the puzzle of teaching social-emotional and conflict-resolution skills, and using it as an opportunity to learn something, rather than viewing it as a set rule, avoiding changes when required. The first step to correction is often acknowledging to oneself that there is a problem, accepting responsibilities for one’s actions, and comprehending what steps to take to overcome the problem. This kind of approach helps educators, teachers, and parents. They have their own expectations and are to be held accountable at the same time.
At King’s College, we believe in assisting children to become the best versions of themselves and that is only possible by creating a stable and wholesome environment for them, where they can learn and develop. We understand that every individual has different requirements, and keeping that in mind, we avoid punitive measures, and approach a problem with the idea to understand the origins to help the child when required.
Ours is one of the best boarding schools in Delhi NCR, and we understand and study student behavior and patterns to come up with the best solutions that allows the child to understand the gravity of the problem, while also reinforcing the correct response or behavior. Our highly trained and skilled teachers and educators ensure that children have a wholesome and nourishing environment at all times. With the right measures of justice, we can be assured of well-rounded individuals for the future.