Control Students More Effectively Without the 'Rod'

Control Students More Effectively Without the 'Rod'

Regarding the front-page article ''Southern Schools Rethink Sparing the Rod,'' June 21: There are many effective forms of discipline to control a student in a classroom. One is to remove the student from the classroom with the opportunity to return if there is a commitment to behave. This disciplinary policy has been effective in many schools.

Karima A. Haynes from Ebony magazine states reasons why experts say violence in the classroom does not work: ''Children often focus on the beating and not the reasons behind it. Spankings often generate feelings of revenge toward the person who adminsters the beating ....''

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If we cannot ban violence in the home, then the school should be at least a good example of how to discipline correctly.

Emily Harris Newdale, Idaho

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