Punishments versus consequences for kindergarten students – oscoda county herald japan education level

“Recently our son, Wayne, brought home a note from his teacher, to let us know that he had his snack taken away since he did not use his time wisely in class,” said Booth. “We do not believe the withholding of food is ever a proper punishment. We did speak with Teresa Cole, the elementary principal, and the teacher about this issue. The teacher asked us if we would be happy if she would just exempt Wayne from this policy and find an alternative form of punishment. We do not think that the policy of withholding food from a child is appropriate for any child.”

“The students are given three sticks (popsicle or coffee sticks) and they understand that for each bad choice they make then one stick will be taken away,” said Ballard. “They know the consequences for the loss of each stick. This does change their behavior in school when they loose their sticks and privileges.”

“Ms. Cole did meet with all of the kindergarten teachers about our concern,” said Booth. “We were told that this policy had been in place with the teachers for 23 years. Just because this policy has been in place for a long time doesn’t mean it is the right policy or that parents are even aware of this policy. Prior to this we had no idea that this policy existed.”

Call asked Cole to meet with the kindergarten teachers again about this issue, in light of the letter submitted by Melissa and Randy Booth. Cole will meet with the teachers and report back to the superintendent, Gary Wood. what is the average education level in america Wood will pass the information that was discussed at the kindergarten teacher meeting along to the to the school board.

Well based on research, I disagree that taking away a snack is a good idea for a consequence. From a link at the Michigan Surgeon General’s office http://www.michigan.gov/surgeongeneral/0,1607,7-216-38291-126310–,00.html leads to this: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dhs/BCAL-Pub-0242_269878_7.pdf

Now with regard to Melgrant’s comments, mind you I have no children that young, altho have children in the Mio AuSable School system, with one successfully graduated with the help of all personnel at the school. Without their help and understanding, it would not have happened.

But a 5 day suspension in kindergarten I agree with her is excessive. Altho I will also say we have come a long way from discipline/punishment when I attended kindergarten. I forget the offense(s) but I was forced to sit in the corner with a dunce cap on. I also remember catechism where the nuns would hit your knuckles with the yardstick! I also agree that it most likely gave this child a vacation – not punishment. "Yeah I don’t have to go to school today!"

I would like to know why in-school suspension is not offered in the school district, especially in the case of a 5 year old who more than likely did not understand that his actions would have this repercussion nor appreciate it. Education, understanding and common sense, rather than 100% zero tolerance would seem to be more reasonable especially at this tender young age.

This isn’t an issue about a snack. This is an issue about inappropriate choices leading to consequences. countries with highest level of education Snack, in the elementary is a privilege, not a right. School is obligated to breakfast and lunch. However, if a student’s financial account is overdrawn or unpaid, the school has the right to refuse to serve the student. The school is not obligated to provide or serve "snack". In fact, in the upper elementary classes, snack is an individual option. Personally, if my child wants a snack, he must bring it himself, or save some portion of his packed lunch. The child in question made bad choices that resulted in a privilege being lost/suspended. There is nothing cruel/unusual about taking away a privilege as a means of punishment. I would venture to guess that most of us as children lost some privilege as a means of punishment. The child had opportunities to correct bad behavior and CHOSE not to. Aside from the punishment aspect, there is the "fairness" aspect. The parents addressed the inequality of others being able to eat while their child could not. I would like to finish my comment with this thought? What about the children with medical issues or food allergies? If the scheduled "snack" parent does not follow the dietary restrictions when furnishing the snack for the day, what does that child do? It’s easy…he/she goes without. Isn’t that far more cruel of a punishment? That child did nothing wrong, had no control over the situation, and yet…has to sit and watch others enjoy a snack. survey education level That’s inequality. That’s unfair. But, that’s also life. I don’t think parents of children with issues (and there are such children and parents) are before the Board of Education demanding equality. They understand that snack is a privilege….NOT a right.