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  • I think they should be punished for bad behavior and not rewarded for good behavior for if they are rewarded they will merely help the community expecting a reward.
  • Studies show that punishment is hardly ever effective in abating bad behavior. However, rewarding good behavior is almost always effective. In my opinion, you should reward good behavior using operant conditioning and ALSO condition them to KNOW the right thing to do without expecting a reward. It's a tough method that takes lots of patience and practice, but I think in the end teaching someone the right way to do something rather than punishing them for doing it the wrong way is the best method.
  • No, not either. I can see both as being too easy to be manipulated by the kids themselves.
  • I think rewards do more for a childs psyche than punishment.
  • I say both and I think the parents should also be notified. My parents would encourage me to do good and it was always worse if the teacher or principal talked to my parents when I was in trouble. I was a normal kid though. I think that this should be combined with more effort spent on identifying learning problems, possible abuse/discipline problems at home etc. so that you can deal with kids properly.
  • Rewarded for good behavior. If someone is complimented for something, it makes that person want to do it again or do it better. It also makes them feel good. It's much more effective.
  • Both! The carrot doesn't work very well without a stick. Besides, even the poorest kids these days have so much stuff that rewards don't mean very much. If you already have an x-box at home, how hard are you going to try for some cheap trinket? I was attempting to do behavior modification with a kid I was teaching once. As I'd been taught, I asked him what he would be willing to work for. His reply? "For a joint I'll do it." When kids already have too much, they aren't going to try very hard for a reward. Sometimes a swat on the tush is the best way to get a kid to behave. It also tends to get the discipline over quickly, so that you get to have good time with the kid in between. Sometimes, when you try to avoid corporal punishment, you end up making every minute of every day about some more creative form of discipline and that isn't healthy either. Whether we like it or not, kids test limits. And whether we like it or not, its our job as adults to teach them discipline and get it internalized so that they can discipline themselves and don't end up having a wasted life. The question is, how much of their time do we want to be about discipline and how much time do we want for other better things?
  • Reward kids for good behaviour.
  • i believe that rewards may be more effective
  • I think rewards would be better.
  • Remove kids with extremely bad behavior. Punish the bad kids till they get the hint. The good kids are doing their damn job. They come to school to learn and interact with others in a polite manner. Since when is that something that should be rewarded? Their reward is a relatively free education. If classroom management time of a teacher could be reduced in half, then there wouldn't be so many illiterate drop outs in the world.
  • Reward them
  • Both. 1) Disruptive children should be removed, placed with the other students who have no desire to learn. The parents should be informed that thier child will be taught in a "special class" and due to his/her behaviour they will not be taught in the same class to disrupt other children. There will be no rewards, outings, school trips or extended breaks while in this class. 2) The children that are excelling in class (not just straight A students but ones who try their hardest, are punctual and polite) and showing an example to the others should be permitted to do prefects jobs, help with organisation of school outings and other things of slight resposibitly and should be driven home to the other students that trying your best comes with great rewards, while being a "bad student" will result in being removed from the class and having all priviledges removed.
  • both, but it all starts at home. unfortunately many parents haven't learned HOW to parent and that task has fallen to schools and society in general. this is why we have so many laws these days. we need to completely restructure schools to teach our children to reverse this trend.
  • I say both. When doing something that is wrong, there are consequences to pay and when doing something that is good there should be something good to look forward to.
  • I believe they should do both. and to be allowed to do both.
  • They should do both
  • they should do both!

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