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 ....''

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

Furthering democracy

On behalf of the Embassy of the Republic of Georgia, I would like to express our gratitude for the series of articles on Transcaucasus (May 30, June 1, and June 2).

The author's objective reflection of the events will greatly contribute to further development of democratic institutions and economic progress in the region.

Tedo Djaparidze Washington

Ambassador Republic of Georgia

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