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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Punishments in High School

There are many forms of punishment in high school and none of them are very effective at deterring bad behavior. The first punishment is the detention. Being held after class for a couple hours is actually pretty bad but, it only lasts as long as you're held. As soon as you are released there is no lasting effect on behavior. The next punishment is the suspension (which in my opinion is a total joke). Telling a kid to sleep in and play video games all day sounds more like vacation than punishment. I've actually seen kids get suspended on purpose so they can stay home for a few days and not have to deal with school. I feel like the only possible way to stop bad behavior is to create a punishment that lasts multiple days. For instance if you vandalize something you should have to fix it and then have longer detentions for more than one day.

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