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Alternative forms of school punishment

Nowadays, schools have quite limited possibilities to discipline misbehaving students. Do you think that other forms of punishments - even for minor offenses - should be introduced?

Are you male or female?

57% (223) male
42% (166) female

389 voters have answered this question.

Are you still at school?

65% (255) Yes. I am a student.
26% (102) No, I am already out of school.
4% (16) I am a teacher.
4% (16) I have children who go to school.

389 voters have answered this question.

How old are you?

5% (23) > 10
26% (103) 11 - 14
31% (124) 15 - 18
6% (26) 19 - 21
4% (16) 22 - 25
7% (30) 26 - 30
7% (30) 31 - 40
4% (16) 41 - 50
2% (10) 51 - 60
2% (11) > 60

389 voters have answered this question.

Where do you live?

35% (138) USA
3% (15) Canada
0% (0) Mexico
22% (87) UK
1% (5) France
0% (1) Spain
2% (10) Italy
6% (25) Germany
12% (48) any other European country
1% (7) Russia
0% (2) China
0% (3) Japan
0% (1) Korea
4% (19) any other Asian country
3% (14) Australia
0% (0) New Zealand
0% (2) Middle or South America
3% (12) Africa

389 voters have answered this question.

Do you think that your school has enough options to discipline students - even for minor offenses, such as being late to class or forgetting homework?

22% (88) Yes
13% (52) Minor offenses should not be punished. There needs to be some tolerance.
64% (249) Even a minor offense should carry a consequence, as long as it is not too harsh and applied in a fair way.

389 voters have answered this question.

How often do you usually get punished in school? (If you are not in school any more, how often did you get punished, when you were still in school?)

19% (77) never
22% (86) once or twice a year
7% (30) every second month
12% (47) once in a month
9% (36) every second week
6% (27) every week
6% (26) twice in a week
4% (19) nearly every day
10% (41) more than once per day

389 voters have answered this question.

How many students do usually get punished per day? If you are a teacher, how many students do you usually punish per day?

6% (25) none
11% (44) not more than one
39% (144) 1 to 5
22% (82) 6 to 10
8% (30) 11 - 20
11% (44) more than 20

369 voters have answered this question.

Now, let's have a look on the types of punishment. What about writing lines? Should your school introduce that form of punishment?

7% (30) No. That would be an inappropriate form of punishment.
21% (82) No. That would not be effective.
3% (15) Yes, But that would be a hash punishment.
24% (95) Yes. That would be a good form of punishment.
10% (41) That's not a punishment at all.
19% (77) My school has this form of punishment.
12% (49) I have already got it.

389 voters have answered this question.

If you have already got this punishment, give some details: What was the reason why you got it. Was it fair? Did you deserve it? How many lines did you have to write? What was the text?

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92 voters have answered this question.

What about detention after school? Should your school introduce this form of punishment?

7% (29) No. That would be an inappropriate form of punishment.
8% (34) No. That would not be effective.
4% (17) Yes, But that would be a hash punishment.
17% (68) Yes. That would be a good form of punishment.
4% (16) That's not a punishment at all.
36% (141) My school has this form of punishment.
21% (84) I have already got it.

389 voters have answered this question.

If you have already got this punishment, give some details: What was the reason why you got it. Was it fair? Did you deserve it? How long did you have to stay in detention?

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112 voters have answered this question.

Should your school introduce corporal punishment? (e.g. a pre-determined number of smacks to the student's bottom - to avoid any uncontrolled brutality)

17% (70) No. That would be an inappropriate form of punishment.
1% (7) No. That would not be effective.
14% (58) Yes, But that would be a hash punishment.
41% (160) Yes. That would be a good form of punishment.
1% (6) That's not a punishment at all.
6% (27) My school has this form of punishment.
15% (61) I have already got it.

389 voters have answered this question.

If you have already got this punishment, give some details: What was the reason why you got it. Was it fair? How many smacks did you get?

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96 voters have answered this question.

What about pushups? Should your school make students do pushups as punishment?

19% (76) No. That would be an inappropriate form of punishment.
19% (75) No. That would not be effective.
6% (27) Yes, But that would be a hash punishment.
28% (111) Yes. That would be a good form of punishment.
7% (31) That's not a punishment at all.
9% (38) My school has this form of punishment.
7% (31) I have already got it.

389 voters have answered this question.

If you have already got this punishment, give some details: What was the reason why you got it. Was it fair? How many pushups did you have to do?

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58 voters have answered this question.

What about running laps around the football field?

15% (61) No. That would be an inappropriate form of punishment.
17% (67) No. That would not be effective.
8% (35) Yes, But that would be a hash punishment.
28% (109) Yes. That would be a good form of punishment.
8% (33) That's not a punishment at all.
13% (53) My school has this form of punishment.
7% (31) I have already got it.

389 voters have answered this question.

If you have already got this punishment, give some details: What was the reason why you got it. Was it fair? How many laps did you have to run?

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59 voters have answered this question.

What about making students remove their shoes and spend the day (or a longer period) in their socks or barefoot as punishment?

28% (112) No. That would be an inappropriate form of punishment.
21% (82) No. That would not be effective.
3% (15) Yes, But that would be a hash punishment.
19% (76) Yes. That would be a good form of punishment.
13% (53) That's not a punishment at all.
3% (15) My school has this form of punishment.
9% (36) I have already got it.

389 voters have answered this question.

If you have already got this punishment, give some details: What was the reason why you got it. Was it fair? How long did you have to stay without shoes?

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64 voters have answered this question.

What about making students take a cold shower, e.g. to cool off if they are disrupting class?

34% (136) No. That would be an inappropriate form of punishment.
10% (39) No. That would not be effective.
11% (43) Yes, But that would be a hash punishment.
27% (106) Yes. That would be a good form of punishment.
7% (31) That's not a punishment at all.
2% (10) My school has this form of punishment.
6% (24) I have already got it.

389 voters have answered this question.

If you have already got this punishment, give some details: What was the reason why you got it. Was it fair? For how long did you have to shower.

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57 voters have answered this question.

What would be a good (and fair) punishment for being late to class? (If you are still at school, pick something that you would also be ready to accept, if you are ever late to class.)

8% (35) Nothing. Being late to class should not be punished.
15% (61) Writing 10 lines for each minute that you are late.
12% (50) 1 hour detention after school
36% (141) One smack with a wooden ruler on your behind for each 5 minutes you are late
7% (31) 3 pushups for each minute you are late
4% (17) running one lap around the football field for each minute you are late
10% (39) Removing your shoes and having to stay in your socks for the rest of the day
3% (15) Taking a cold shower.

389 voters have answered this question.

Imagine you are 10 minutes late for class. Your punishment would be to write 10 lines for each minute that you are late. That would be 100 lines. What would you do?

50% (196) I would accept the punishment without discussion. It's fair. I would write my lines.
16% (63) I would plea with the teacher not to punish me.
20% (80) I would plea with the teacher to give me another punishment.
12% (50) I would write more lines. I was late and I deserved a punishment. 100 lines are not really a punishment.

389 voters have answered this question.

Imagine you are 10 minutes late for class. Your punishment would be one smack with a wooden ruler on your behind for each 5 minutes that you are late. That would be 2 smacks. What would you do?

43% (168) I would accept the punishment without discussion. It's fair. I would come forward and take my smacks. It might hurt, but it can't be that bad.
13% (52) I would plea with the teacher not to punish me.
15% (60) I would plea with the teacher to give me another punishment.
28% (109) I would voluntarily lower my trousers, so that I get my smacks on my panties. I was late and I deserve a punishment. And it is supposed to hurt a bit.

389 voters have answered this question.

Imagine you are 10 minutes late for class. Your punishment would be 3 pushups for each minute that you are late. That would be 30 pushups. What would you do?

44% (175) I would accept the punishment without discussion. It's fair. I would do the 30 pushups.
12% (50) I would plea with the teacher not to punish me.
29% (116) I would plea with the teacher to give me another punishment.
12% (48) I would do more pushups. I was late and I deserve a punishment. 30 is not enough.

389 voters have answered this question.

Imagine you are 10 minutes late for class. Your punishment would be to run one lap around the football field for each minute that you are late. That would be 10 laps. It's cold and raining outside. You do not have your P.E. kit with you. Your shoes are not suitable for running (e.g. heels) What would you do?

21% (80) I would accept the punishment without discussion. It's fair. I would run the 10 laps in my street clothes and the shoes I have on.
6% (25) I would accept the punishment without discussion. It's fair. I would take off my shoes and run the 10 laps in my socks. The socks will get dirty, but at least I could run properly.
29% (108) I would accept the punishment without discussion. It's fair. I would take off my shoes and socks and run the 10 laps barefoot. My feet will be cold, but at least I could run properly.
11% (42) I would plea with the teacher not to punish me.
31% (115) I would plea with the teacher to give me another punishment.

370 voters have answered this question.

Imagine you are 10 minutes late for class. Your punishment would be to take off your shoes for the rest of the day. What would you do?

23% (93) I would happily surrender my shoes and spend the rest of the day in my socks.
18% (73) I would also take off my socks and spend the day barefoot.
18% (72) I would reluctantly take off my shoes.
6% (24) I would plea with the teacher not to punish me.
17% (68) I would plea with the teacher to give me another punishment.
15% (59) I would take off my shoes and socks and also go home barefoot.

389 voters have answered this question.

Imagine you are 10 minutes late for class. Your punishment would be to stand under a cold shower in the swimming pool for one minute. You do not have your swimming uniform with you. Showers are visible from the pool. What would you do?

39% (154) I would accept the punishment without discussion. It's fair. I would walk to the gym, undress completely and shower nude.
17% (68) I would accept the punishment without discussion. It's fair. I would walk to the gym, undress down to my underwear and shower in my underwear. After the shower I would take off my wet underwear and put on my normal clothes. I would then spend the rest of the day without underwear.
6% (27) I would accept the punishment without discussion. It's fair. I would walk to the gym and take the shower fully clothed. I would then spend the rest of the day in my wet clothes.
10% (42) I would plea with the teacher not to punish me.
25% (98) I would plea with the teacher to give me another punishment.

389 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2013-01-03 22:06:25 by flyer73
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