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Teachers in the school district where I work are not allowed to punish children in any way. Not only is physical punishment outlawed, but raising the voice, restricting privileges such as recess, time-outs or any other form of sanction are all expressly forbidden. Woe to the teacher who tells a child to write standards (I will not talk in class, I will not talk in class...)!

Children very quickly learn that the only consequence of misbehavior is a quiet talk with an adult, if that. However, an adult may not correct a child in front of others--he might embarrass the child. Therefore, he must speak to the child away from others.

However,adults are reluctant to speak privately with a child for fear of being accused of abuse or impropriety of some sort. So most adults resort to admonitions addressed to the group in general, or use a phrase to correct the child's behavior that is inoffensive in the extreme (Young man, please walk in the halls. Young lady, keep your hands to yourself).

The instructor cannot order a child out of his room unless there is another teacher or administrator to supervise the child. And even that is strongly discouraged, because the child is losing instructional time.

No consideration is given to the fact that the child's disruptive behavior in the class is negating instructional time for the entire class of 30 or so students. One of the few situations in which the teacher can take action is when a child has a weapon or in some way is a clear physical threat to another person (not the teacher). A teacher who defends himself from an attacking student is at risk of losing his job and even his freedom.

The lesson the child learns is that he can pretty much do what he wants with no consequences of any consequence. Quite a preparation for life after school.

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