The Telegraph is reporting that the Government’s behavioural tsar Tom Bennett has urged schools to make better use of detentions as he says today’s teachers are too soft to keep badly behaved students back after class.
…Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Bennett, said: “Detentions are a very useful deterrent for the majority of children in a way that makes them think twice before they do something but teachers have to be consistent and they have to be fair.
“If they only use [a detention] sometimes or they don’t use it not enough or too little, they can be as ineffective as not doing them at all. But detentions are a perfectly fine way of getting the message across to a child that their behaviour is to be discouraged…”
He said: “A lot of teachers are uncertain about using detentions these days because, for one, many adults are uncertain about their right to sanction children.
“While I sympathise with their caution because nobody wants to go back to the bad old days of super severe discipline and corporal punishment, a lot of teachers who are perfectly well intentioned often err on the side of few detentions simply because they are uncomfortable with setting them…”
He explained: “They may not be a pleasant thing to do but they are a necessary thing. Younger teachers who wish to be kind to the children mistake kindness for a lack of detention. He said detentions are a great way of discourage disruptive behaviour because as human beings we are inclined to avoid any “unpleasant” experiences.
“If you can convince a child to not misbehave in a classroom and to improve their attention and focus in the classroom, which in turn improves their education, then you have actually done them a service…”
Does Tom Bennett make a fair point about the potential value of detentions and is he correct in suggesting teachers have become too cautious in not using them more?
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