What Schools Should Know About Discipline And How It Should Be Maintained
The word 'Discipline' derived from a Latin word 'Disciplina/Discipulus' which means to be trained in orderliness or good conduct.
The word discipline is often confused. It has been misrepresented, misinterpreted and misunderstood by school authorities.
Discipline is the means whereby children are trained in orderliness, good conduct and the habit of getting the best out of themselves.
The great emphasis is getting the best out of children, and this points to the necessity for self discipline, discipline which is not based on the fear of the physical superiority of the teacher. True discipline should be self imposed.
Research has shown that unfortunate results follow from both severity and repression imposed on children in the name of discipline.
Discipline has failed unless it is founded upon worthy ideals of conduct that are becoming or have become, embedded in children's character.
True discipline should eventually lead to free discipline. Free discipline suggests that children submit themselves freely or willingly. Children submit themselves freely or willingly when they are interested in what is going on.
How Discipline should be maintained
We can get our children to acquire sound discipline by a combination of the following factors:
1. By building up a healthy school tone, the sentiment of which will influence children to love and respect their school, work hard, love beautiful things, and cultivate self control in their speech.
2. By fostering high ideals which help children to submit willingly to imitate master thinkers, writers, artists and statesmen. History, Religion and Literature provide plenty materials for these.
3. By discovering and making full use of children's interests in their works. Children should submit willingly to what they have natural interest in, and dislike what does not interest them.
4. Children are best disciplined through activity out to be educative, such activities should be purposeful. Foundations of self government should be laid by getting children to exercise some responsibilities. Like prefects, PT leaders, etc.
5. By holding children responsible for breaches of conduct and dealing with such lapses firmly and kindly, and being consistent or persistent in an objective we want children to attain.
6. By not governing too much, dealing personally and justly with offenders, and making rules few, positive, clear, definite and enforcing them often.
As it is the aim of education to provide man with enough self control to adjust himself in society.
Our school system should make our children disciplined men and women not only when they are under the 'eye' of the teacher but when they take their places in the free turbulent world.
By Ukachi Christian Sochima
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