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History of School Discipline

a small presentation designed to educate on the topic of historical school discipline

Benjamin Schulteis

on 11 October 2012

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Transcript of History of School Discipline

Historical Journey School Discipline The earliest form of school punishment was corporal punishment.

Teachers were considered replacements for parents and could physically harm children for misbehavior.

The Supreme Court has never made a ruling about corporal punishment. This choice has always been left to the states.

Nineteen States still allow some form of corporal punishment in public schools. Corporal Punishment In the 1800s European ideas from theorists such as Philipp Emanuel von Fellenberg came to America.

One of these ideas was that students learn better in a safe environment.

Corporal punishment was no longer used in response to academic errors, but it was still used for misbehavior. Safer Learning In the second half of the twentieth century movement started to change discipline.

Teachers started to look at the sources of student misbehavior.

Some critics thought that schools were softening and not properly teaching students right and wrong. Decline in Corporal Punishment One type of punishment used in modern schools is removal punishment. (Time out, Detention) This does not work if the student wishes to be removed from class.

Teachers also commonly try to shape behavior by distributing consequences according to Thorndike's Law of Effect

-An action followed by a favorable effect is more likely to be repeated.
-an action followed by an unfavorable effect is less likely to be repeated. Current Discipline A school in New Jersey has made arrangements with the court to force parents of frequently unruly children to attend school with their child to witness their behavior and realize the importance of education.

Many schools have found that increasing the number of lunch periods so that each period is less crowded improves the attitudes of problem children. New Ideas Slavin, Robert E. Educational Psychoogy Theory and Practice.
Tenth ed. Boston: Pearson Education, 2012. Print.

Bowen, Sherry H. "Discipline in School: What Works and What
Doesn't." EduGuide. EduGuide, 2010. Web. 11 Oct. 2012.

"School Discipline History." Findlaw. Thomson Reuters, 2012.
Web. 11 Oct. 2012. <http://education.findlaw.com/student-conduct-and discipline/school-discipline-history.html>.

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