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    Hi, would anyone mind reading a practice essay I tried for LNAT prep?
    Thanks in advance!
    What disciplinary sanctions should teachers be allowed touse?

    One hundred years ago teachers were able to control childrenin classrooms with the use of corporal punishment against misbehaving pupils.In the present day, the disciplinary sanctions that teachers are permitted touse is limited; violence against pupils is most definitely forbidden. Taken outof context, is seems farcical that teachers should be, or ever were, allowed tosubject children to physical pain in an attempt to correct their behaviour, andyet teachers are faced with increasingly bad and uncontrollable behaviour bystudents on whom standard methods of discipline such as detentions seem to haveno effect.
    Many people fervently believe that corporal punishmentshould be reinstated in schools so as to prevent unruly pupils from behavingatrociously throughout their time at school, hence disrupting the learning oftheir peers and disabling them from being able to work and learn effectively.Education is a basic right of every child and it is incredibly unjust that thatright can be taken away from some pupils due to the fact that their lessons aresabotaged by disrespectful behaviour. This may have long term detrimentaleffects to children’s future, as it may impact their grades and thus theirability to find a place at a good university and a good job. On the other hand,however much teachers struggle to find a way to discipline misbehavingchildren, surely it is never acceptable to resort to violence? Such a Medievalmethod is indefensible, particularly against children. Not only will it causethem unnecessary physical pain, but it may instil in them a belief thatviolence is a normal occurrence, perhaps leading them to become violent againstothers. Violence is morally wrong and can never be defended.
    If teachers cannot use corporal punishment, this leaves themethods that they currently use. A frequent disciplinary action in secondaryschools is detentions, whereby pupils have their free time taken away fromthem. This will undoubtedly not be an enjoyable punishment for children, soshould have a positive effect on their behaviour. However, the question ofwhether students can be forced to attend detention then arises. If they don’tattend their detention, surely they can’t be locked in a room against theirwill? If a child refuses to go to their detention, what else can the teachersimplement?
    It is logical to assume that if a pupil is so unruly thatthey refuse to attend detentions, it is too challenging for a normal school tocontrol them. The next step must then be either a temporary or permanentexclusion. In some cases, children can be transferred to Pupil Referral Unitswhere their needs can be best catered for. Unfortunately, there are shockinglyfew spaces in these horrifically over-subscribed units, and therefore manystudents, mostly teenagers, are left without a school to attend. Have they beenabandoned by the system? Should children really be given up on in this way?Taken at face value, it would be easy to argue that the school system has aduty to provide every single child with an education. However, there arethousands of other children to consider. If one pupil decides that they don’twish to accept the incredibly fortunate opportunity that they have of aneducation, then they shouldn’t be allowed to disadvantage the learning of othersby remaining in a school where they are horrendously disruptive. The majority hasto be favoured over the minority.
    In conclusion, whilst violence may engender the mosteffective results, corporal punishment is not an acceptable disciplinarysanction; the depravity of causing children physical pain cannot be condoned.There are measures in schools which do work to punish bad behaviour, but, ifthe school is unable to control a child, the only option may be expulsion, or,in an ideal world, a transfer to a Pupil Referral Unit. Schools have manyhundreds of students who they should divide their attention equally between. Ifteachers are forced to spend a ridiculously disproportionate portion of time onone child who is unwilling to cooperate, this is incredibly unjust towards theother pupils, hence the only viable option is to expel the pupil.
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