The Great Discipline Conundrum

Always tough.

Paul Barnwell

Retiring after 38 years in education, my coworker and friend recently described his school days attending Catholic Grade School in Southwest Louisville, an area then–and still–a working class and comparatively impoverished part of town.  If his bangs reached too far, they’d get clipped off on the spot.  If his tie wasn’t tight, shirt buttoned to the top–even in sweltering 3rd floor classrooms–then immediate detention.  That day.  No negotiating the penalty of rewriting the school handbook, no matter how long it took.  Paddling was common.

For many “old-school” teachers who attended school in an age of greater conformity and fear-based discipline, the culture of our schools is in dire straits because there is no discipline.  No respect.  No consequences for students who don’t toe the line.

I can only imagine what he feels seeing students cuss out teachers then returning to class the next day considering, back in the day, similar insubordination at…

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