Corporal Punishment does not deter bad behavior


Corporal punishment is giving physical pain to a person who has done something wrong. The common notion is that by giving corporal punishment one can stop the wrongdoer from repeating the bad behavior, but in reality it has been often observed in kids that this form of castigation often leads to undesirable results.

Unlike adults children learn the ways of the world and its mannerisms as they grow up. During this growing period a child has to be continuously disciplined by his or her parents, elders of the house and also by the teachers. Elders often seem to confuse disciplining with corporal punishment whose most common form is slapping or spanking a child. Most parents are believer of the fact that when a child does something wrong knowingly or by mistake then hitting immediately will leave an impression on his mind which will stop him from repeating the same mistake again. But the truth is that by repeated corporal punishment a child can develop psychological conditions which might have a long term affect on his personality. The child in order to save himself from the punishment can take up the habit of lying.

Several case studies show that in the name of corporal punishment which is legally accepted in most of the countries has become similar to physical abuse which has been banned in the entire US but is still prevalent in some parts of Asia and Africa. By repeated physical tortures children usually become even more adamant and might also start hating their elders as they do not understand the reason that why doing certain things are intolerable. On the other hand disciplining without hitting would mean to first make the child understand that why certain behavior is acceptable and some are not. Teach the child some basic rules of the society and why are they to be followed. It has often been found that by giving logical reasoning to your child’s answers you can stop him from doing many wrong deeds.

Foremost it is the responsibility of the parents to teach their child to become responsible and it cannot be taught in one day. Patience is the only mantra which is of key necessity while dealing with kids. By getting continuous corporal punishments a child too picks up the habit of hitting others. Corporal punishment has no positive after effects whereas gentle disciplining will have long term healthy outcome on the innocent mind of your child.


Commercialization of Higher Education – Good or Bad?


In times gone by, education and money were distant entities. But with rapid globalization, universities started facing stiff competition from their peers to provide a far better quality of higher education. Like any quality service in the market costs more money, so does better quality education. However the federal and state governments are often faced with budgetary constraints and are unable to provide enough funds to all the universities for the purpose of higher education. This has resulted in commercialization of higher education. We need to have a look now into the pros and cons of commercialization of higher education.

Commercialization of Higher Education – The good in it for us:

Firstly, commercialization of higher education generally results in state-of-the-art facilities for all students as money is no longer a constraint. Moreover as universities are free to enter into corporate ties with variety of industries they can improve and upgrade their infrastructure through corporate funding. The better infrastructure ultimately benefits the students. The students also get the opportunity to get trained in corporate firms and get valuable industry exposure because of a Memorandum of Understanding that is in place between the university and the organization. Another boon of commercialization of higher education is the fact that surveys found privatized universities being more professional in their approach than their public counterparts.

Commercialization of Higher Education- The bad in it for us:

The main drawback of commercialization of higher education is the high tuition fees associated with it. Most parents belonging to the lower middle class with more than one child to educate usually find it impossible to afford such a luxury. Privatized institutions are being symbolized by the rich and elite sections of our society. We may argue that education being the basic right of an individual must be provided uniformly to all irrespective of their financial status. Some academicians have even voiced their concern over procurement of knowledge in exchange of money.

Commercialization of Higher Education- verdict:

After looking at the good and the bad of commercialization of higher education we may conclude that it must be carried out in a regulated manner after ensuring proper opportunity for those who cannot afford it. We must also ensure that the rich and the wealthy are unable to procure a degree based on the power of money.

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Don’t Waste your Money on School Lunches!


Now that most schools have started providing lunch to the kids in their own school compound, it has become an appetizing option over home packed lunches. Kids are free to choose what they want to have for lunch from an array of foods available at the school cafeteria. It’s true that the school lunch is fresher and healthier than the packed foods. But the money spent on school lunches may be a waste if we consider the point of proper selection of food.

It’s important for a kid to have foods that has balanced proportions of all nutrients. In a school lunch, a kid is free to choose his or her favorite dish from the cafeteria menu. It’s obvious that the kid will prefer something delicious and mouth watering like a chicken sandwich or a hot dog and he can go on having it for days without knowing such junk foods have low nutrition value and can turn harmful. Although some schools are recently following the policy of “no-waste lunch”, that might be of a certain help to keep the school premises clean and to save the hard earned pennies of the parents. But how far this policy will succeed is a big question.

Schools have their own arguments to support this. They think the pre-packed foods are harmful to the children as they are not served fresh and contain added flavor, color and preservatives. Having a snack or a packed pastry is of course less healthy than a fresh cooked food in school lunch. Schools even feel that the pre-packed lunches create environment pollution as children throw the packets in their school premises. But to be very true school lunches are comparatively expensive than home packed lunches.

This problem can be solved if children carry freshly cooked lunches to school. A kid may love to have a peanut butter sandwich or a sweet popper and that can be easily prepared and packed from home. This lunch will have high nutrition value, healthy for kids and will also save pocket pinch.

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Metal Detectors in Schools: Help or Harm?

After the attack in 1999 in the Colorado’s Columbine High School, security has become the prime concern in every school. Schools are now using metal detectors and scanners as a part of their rules and principles. Every day student queued up, outside the premises unbuckling their shoes, belts and even emptying their pockets off the coins if they have any. This process is taking a marathon time and even delaying the students for their classes. A school is meant for education but now metal detectors are becoming the first preference for the school authorities.

If a student is delayed for his first class for a silly reason that is indeed useless in the school regulation. The metal detectors are silly in the sense that when attackers will target a school they will obviously do it on the purpose of killing people so what a metal detector will do in that case. Attackers will not by a metal detector or a scanner for a security check up. Even a software for evaluating threat is of no use as no attacker is that fool to threat of an attack to aware people. Even a SWAT team has no function in securing the school from any kind of attacks as every attack occurs for a minute and everything ends up before police or any security team arrives for help.

Security experts, police and researchers have suggested that instead of depending on physical security systems like metal detectors, scanners and threat evaluation software, its better to interact with the students more to stop any attack will it is in progress. Students might come to hear certain suspicious events going to take place in the school through which the school may track an attack. Watch out for any rare or suspicious actions in the school premises which might be a preplanning of an attack. With these alerts a school can be safer to attacks than depending blindly on physical security systems.

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The No Child Left Behind Dubbed Debacle


According to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, all public schools need to conduct a uniform test held every year in all the states for all students. Schools that have been awarded Title I funding, has to fulfil the criteria of Adequate Yearly Progress in the test scores, and failing to do so means being featured in the list of “failing schools”. Parents can then transfer their kids to another school. Failing to qualify AYP for a second year, entails providing special tuition for students who cannot afford the same.

NCLB did address many unresolved issues that were long overdue. First, it tried to solve the inequality plague in many schools, by abating differences in student performance by race and class. Second, it insisted that all students are entitled to qualified teachers. Hence, places where, students suffered with a string of untrained teachers did not have to face the hassle anymore.

But the NCLB act undoubtedly raised many eyebrows. For starters, one of the main authors of the ACT was Margaret Spelling, a B.A in political science, but with no formal training in education or no experience in the school system. Possibly the second biggest debacle in Bush’s term after the Iraq fiasco is the NCLB.

In contrast to the negligible positives, that NCLB has had a large number of cons attached to the term. It stresses on teaching as a path to tests, and not as a facilitator for learning. It has resulted in an unnecessary numbers of tests covering almost all grade levels. This has led to the abolition of other necessary subjects like art, music, foreign language and sports in many schools. As the tests mainly concentrate on Maths and English, there has been a considerable reduction in teaching of subjects like science and civics. Though it has labelled innumerable schools as failures, it has failed itself in providing additional funding to these schools. Many low income area schools have faced closure. They had failed to meet the federal standards, and thus the staff had been fired. This has indirectly been a way in trying to make districts fund charter private schools rather than the ‘failed’ public ones.

The Act has, in all its sense, misunderstood the problem underlying the schools; it is basic elementary changes that the schools need for development and not a stricter stringent measure similar to a carrot and sticks approach.

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Why is Distance Education Gaining Popularity?


Distance education as the name implies is the method of implementing education to students who are distanced from the source of education by space or time and cannot be physically present in the classrooms. The course material for these programs are provided through DVDs, e-mails, print materials etc and the aim is to provide a comprehensive educational experience to the learners. In the recent times distance education is increasingly gaining popularity all over the world. The reason for this is that it is a very convenient mode of study.

The chief advantage of distance education is that you can study at your own pace and take your own time. You can balance your studies alongside other activities. This also saves you from the daily grind of commuting. For people who have to work and yet wish to pursue higher studies this is the ideal method. Distance education also caters to the needs of parents with kids who find it almost impossible to attend regular classes. Moreover with the seats to professional courses in regular colleges being limited barely a few people can get through.

Distance education gives you the opportunity to pursue the course of your choice even if you do not have the qualifying marks to get through in regular courses. There are also students who do not find the environment in a classroom very congenial. This could be because they are overcome by a sense of embarrassment when surrounded by a lot of other people or because they find it difficult to speak up or ask questions in the presence of others. Studying in their own familiar environment and being at ease with themselves give them a better opportunity to perform.

A person might want to take up their studies after being forced to give it up at some point of time under unfortunate circumstances. Such a person would naturally be older than the average college-goers. Usually such a person finds it difficult to adjust in the classroom environment. Distance education is the best instrument at his disposal.

Learning is a life-long process and often we need education to give us the knowledge, expertise and believability to effect positive changes in our lives. Distance education is not just a boon to a person’s career but it is also one of the best options for attaining knowledge.

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Why We Need Nationalized Tests


Education is generally the responsibility of the state government, with the federal government only having a say in cases where it has contributed funds. If we go back to earlier times, the education system was run locally, with schools deciding on the curriculum independently. But in an effort to improve the quality and standard of education imparted to students a state level school system was established. However, in recent times a major percentage of academicians and students are stressing on the need for a nationalized testing system. To illustrate this fact, a survey found that 78% Americans have endorsed the idea of nationalized standard tests. But why do we need nationalized tests anyway?

To maintain uniformity in the curriculum structure nationwide

If we are to implement nationalized testing, we must first formulate a common nationwide curriculum which will provide the students and teachers with a definitive guideline on what the students will be tested. Though this idea seems to be a bit far fetched initially, once implemented, it will be the cornerstone for a uniform education system throughout the nation. Moreover this will go a long way in ensuring that students living in the outskirts or the villages get educated and tested on a proper curriculum that is being followed elsewhere in the country.

Nationalized test will provide a uniform way of assessing students from different parts of the country

Students after completion of their education at the state level compete for various posts of importance at the national level, thus creating a need for a system that will find the most suitable candidate for the job. As there exist diversified education systems throughout the country, nationalized tests become inevitable. For example, we may need to find out who are the students to represent the country at the International Maths Olympiad or the candidates who get to join NASA. Nationalized tests also solve the problem of comparing the grades of students from two different states as there may be major variations in marking patterns.

Nationalized tests are thus needed to provide an unbiased opinion on the quality of students, to prevent favoritism, provide transparency and make significant improvements in the education system of the country as a whole.

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