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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Anger management

February 22, 2014

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To the editor:

How very sad that the place we send our children to learn, where they can learn not only facts but also how people deal with problems, is now elaborating on how to hit children!

Up to the age of 18, leaving bruises, open hand. How decisive and precise. What we need is not to get more precise about hitting children, but rather three very succinct bills:

  1. Never hit a child.

  2. Anger management for anyone to whom we entrust the care of our children.

  3. How to deal with problems which do arise.

When I was teaching, some children came over to me and asked what I would do if a child did something awful. Before I could answer, another child jumped in, “She’d talk and she’d talk and she’d talk!”

For starters, ask the child why they did whatever it was. Ask them how they think they can fix, or maybe prevent, whatever it was that happened. Ask them perhaps to think of another way they could have handled the situation.

This responds to the problem situation in an educational way, not only for the particular child, but for the other children as well.

Or, we can just slug the kid and teach the class that that is how mature people deal with problems.

Comments

Abdu Omar 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Spanking by a parent is not done in anger and if it is, it is not spanking it is abuse. I would never give the right to spank my child to anyone else. As a parent, the discipline of my child is my problem so i don't agree to allow teachers to spank. I taught high school for 14 years and I never touched a student in anger. When one is angry that is not the time to discipline. I always asked the student to come after school. then I tried to determine why and what punishment fit the infraction, but never spanking. Most of the time, I involved the parents if the infraction was serious enough. And sometimes the parent spanked the student. That is their problem and how dare anyone tell a parent how to discipline their children, unless they are not.

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