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Study Shows Group Punishment Doesn't Work - It Just Makes Kids Hate School

A new study suggests that students who are punished for just one person’s doings aren’t learning form their peer’s mistake. Instead, it just makes them hate school even more.

As a matter of fact, there’s a new report that says group punishments don’t work the way that many school administrators and teachers often hope for, but rather, make kids less likely to listen to authority.

According to the Conversation, no one wants to be blamed for someone else’s actions and needless to say children feel the same way. And while there’s no doubt that classroom management has always been a source of stress for educators, it’s also one of the main reasons why so many teachers walk away from their jobs year after year.

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So, what is a teacher supposed to do when one or two kids get out of hand? First and foremost, don’t make everyone pay the price for one person’s bad behaviour.

More often than not, a lot of teachers like to either take away their classroom’s recess privileges or give them a “silence lunch” as a group punishment. One of the reasons why some people still like to use collective punishment is so that they can effectively promote compliance, but that doesn’t always work. For teachers, they think that the punishment will be unpleasant enough that it will deter some students from making some of the same mistakes as their peers.

Research now suggests that punitive responses don’t make the problem better, but makes it worse instead. What’s more, it might actually increase problematic behaviour from the disruptive student in the future, too. When one student misbehaves, it’s mostly because they feel disengaged, which is sometimes the result of feeling excluded from their peers or teachers.

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What’s more, negative peer pressure is also often associated with such punishment compounds and can lead to further social exclusion in the future.

Rather than fixing the problem, group punishments are only making the problem worse, as it will not only humiliate the one student in question but exacerbate their naughty behaviour in the future, too.

Instead of using collective punishment to solve a problem, health experts and educators suggest that teachers and administrators work to engage a child, rather than disengage them from the class.

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