August 19, 2016

Encouragement works where punishment does not

Naturally, teachers, like parents, are eager to take pride in the academic achievements of their children by boasting that they are at the top of the class. Bit by bit, their selfish fervour has become a constant burden on the children to be perfect in school.
The practice of reward and punishment with regard to good and poor grades has now become rampant across the country. Many parents, as well as teachers, reward their children for good grades and punish them for bad grades. They have a thinking that children, when punished for bad grades, will work harder the next time. In addition, they often take punishment as a disciplinary measure. If punishment pays, no student will ever fail tests and exams. There is absolute truth in the maxim, “If spanking effects learning, all cows would become educated.”
It is vital for caretakers to understand that grades on report cards do not matter as long as children learn to accept success and failure as information rather than reward and punishment. In doing so, adults should encourage students with bad grades to reevaluate their weak points and decide what they need to pay more attention to. The most important thing is that children should be motivated to learn to view grades, either good or bad, as an effective tool for self-discovery, self-development and self-discipline.


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