7:26 am March 27, 2009, by Laura Diamond
Yesterday an Atlanta high school principal told me about a teacher who recently had a group of students misbehaving for a few days. Frustrated, that teacher assigned the entire class 188 questions to answer as they reviewed for an upcoming test.
One of the students complained to the principal, who spoke with the teacher. The teacher admitted wanting to teach the kids a lesson. She also said there would only be 25 questions on the exam.
The principal made the teacher trim down the assignment to 50 questions that best reviewed the information she wanted students to know.
“I understand when a teacher gets upset but assigning more work doesn’t teach kids a lesson,” the principal said. “We need to discipline the kids who act up, but we don’t punish the entire class for that. And I don’t like the idea of using teaching or homework to punish students.”
How often do teachers give students homework as punishment? What do you think of the principal’s decision to force the teacher to change the assignment?
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