On The Issue of Punishment as a Form of Discipline

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It is pretty much understood that punishments, as related to the concepts of behaviourism left significant impacts among the educators and students as well. The key issue is whether  we  can use some form of punishments in an effort to impose “discipline” in the minds of learners without necessarily negating the goal of ‘’optimum learning experiences.”

I believe that the thinking of the past years was a bit different from nowadays. According to Nid “Nidz” Odang-ga, punishment was indeed employed before as a form of discipline. Stories form our old parents and even from other classmates as well will prove the discipline[1]existence of it couple of years ago. In fact, I can still recall the name of the teacher we used to call “terror teacher” when I was in elementary school. Seeing that teacher is like transforming yourself into the kindest person you could ever become of.

Many researches anchored to these issues were conducted which truly showed negative influences of using punishment in the classroom setting. Though the teachers have noble goal of considering such practices, the negative impact and stigma associated with its usage outweigh the “desired” effect. So given this, what are then must be used instead of punishments? Many were presented in the respective module but the following are additional recommendations that Maria Aster Joy “Aster” Garcia have found in her sources. It is known as the 11 Techniques for Better Classroom Discipline which includes:

  1. Focus
  2. Direct Instruction
  3. Monitoring
  4. Modeling
  5. Non-verbal cues
  6. Environmental control
  7. Low profile intervention
  8. Assertive discipline
  9. Assertive I –messages
  10. Humanistic I-messages
  11. Positive discipline

imagesShe then added that if these techniques are implemented in class, the students will have a positive outlook to learning. Conflicts and barriers will be minimized and these will promote self-esteem and self-confidence to students.  They will be more mature in doing things that is best for them.  With the right knowledge and information, they can make sound decisions. And this is very likely to happen. Children in their very young age must be taught on how to do things right properly and be guided accordingly regarding the right things to do. It is not necessary to impose “fear” for them to obey and change behavior. Rather a supportive and nurturing environment is likely to promote their well-being which will subsequently result to better adaptation to their learning situations.



Ruby Salvosa. Discipline and Punishment. Retrieved July 6, 2013 from http://myportal.upou.edu.ph/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=53788


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