I have no problem with discipline at school. I think it creates a situation where children have respect for their school, teachers and other kids. They must have discipline. They must follow the rules.
Discipline must be fair though.
Quintus got into a ‘fight’ at school with 2 boys who are a year younger than him. They were playing rugby, when Quintus grabbed the one boy by his shirt (to stop him from getting the ball) The boy got upset (as boys do) and pushed Quintus. Quintus took his ball and threw it away from them. The other boy pushed Quintus and Quintus pushed back.
The younger boys went to their teacher and Quintus got into trouble. Fine. He was wrong. He shouldn’t have got into a pushing game with two younger boys.
Want to know what the discipline is though? She is going to make him sit in front of all the teachers in the personnel room during the two breaks.
WTH? Degrade him? How is that punishment? In front of all the teacher who will be giving him class next year. They can sit there, look at him and already decide that he is a difficult, naughty child. They don’t know him but they will already create their own wrong view of my son.
He is 9 years old. Can you imagine how he will feel, sitting there in front of all those teachers?
No I sit with a dilemma. Do I go to the school and sign him out before break? Then he thinks it’s okay to run away from punishment.
Do I talk to his teacher. This is the route I think I should take. He doesn’t want me to as he says she will pick on him and just take him another day.
I would have preferred to go there and wait for break and see if she actually does take him. (She might have changed her mind during the night). I can’t do this though, as I have a client exactly then.
Discipline my child. Don’t degrade him.
I phoned the principle. Oulike man daardie. He said he would never allow that. It’s not a way of discipline in the school. I really should have known that.
It sure stressed my son out!