Should Public Announcement of Disciplinary MeasuresBe Abolished?
In the recent, it is reported that students commitsuicides after school authorities make publicannouncement of disciplinary measures againstthose culprits violating certain school regulations.Oftentimes, those culprits’ parents would sueschools for compensations. No matter how muchmoney they are compensated, it can not change the fact that the dead students are not toregenerate. Some educationalists hence suggestthat public announcement of disciplinarymeasures be abolished. They argue that students are fragile in psychology for they are theonly children and usually get too much protection from families. But should theyget away withpunishments? I do not think so.
Firstly, as students have already borne in their mind the consequences that if they breakcertain school regulations, they must take the responsibility. They should accept any duepunishments. I do not believe that those students have no idea of what those regulations areor any previous regulation enforcements. Generally speaking, they are repeatedly told not tobreach school norms and regulations by their head teachers and parents. Before students sitcertain exams, they will be reminded again of disposing of any materialrelevant toexaminations. They will also be informed what consequences they are to bear if they don’tconform to the regulations. Therefore, if they still intend to break norms and regulations, theymust accept any forms of punishment without complaints. Otherwise, norms and regulationswould have no bonding effects.
Secondly, the purpose of public announcement of disciplinary measures is to help thoseculprits by supervision of the public. As people tend to hold their mistakes from being revealedto other people, they actually avoid acknowledging their mistakes and are unwilling to correctthem. After the publication of their mistakes, culprits would be judged by their classmates,friends and teachers, and hence they can be imposed pressures not to err again. Without thepublication, as those culprits may regard school authorities as lenient, they can get away withlight punishments. It is more likely that they would err in the same manner.
In a word, the public announcement of disciplinary measures means to help those culprits,instead of punishing them for the punishment’s sake. Some culprits may be not ready to acceptthe criticism after the public announcement is made. If this is the case, why do they not take awhile to decide whether it is worthwhile to make these mistakes? Isn’t it irresponsible thatthey make mistakes and want to get away with duepunishments?