Sparing the rod, rebuilding the child

New approaches to school discipline are focusing on empathy over enmity.

The recent kicking to death of two chickens by matric pupils at a Johannesburg school, and the use of the dead animals to scare other children, has highlighted the urgent need to address school discipline and to find effective ways of dealing with pupil misconduct. The focus of the latest Teachers Upfront seminar, held last week at the University of the Witwatersrand’s school of education, was on alternative approaches to school discipline.

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