A school is a place with hundreds of memories, lifelong bonds, unforgettable lessons, and carefree souls. But when we look back, one thing made us anxious, scared to a whole another level. “Punishments” that’s right.
Homework not done, talking in the class, late to school, misbehaving. We didn’t really understand the actual meaning of those punishments and got really upset. But now if you read this ahead you would get to know what lessons the teachers wanted to inculcate in you through those little punishments.
How classroom punishment teaches us values?
Hold Your Ears
Recess time was just not enough for all the latest gossips we had to go on and on during the periods. And for god forbid if we got caught doing so, you had to stand for the entire period holding your ears. Because if you speak you only repeat what you actually know but you could learn something new if you listen.
Stand Facing The Wall
Disturbing everyone around you and causing a nuisance in the class would end up making you stand in the corner. Facing the wall meant self-introspection. Look within yourself, try finding out what are your mistakes and how to amend them. Before you point out fingers at others you should first peep into your soul.
Calling people by names, making fun of them until the last bell rang seemed to be the only reason to attend school. But if anyone in authority heard you saying that you would have to kneel. That was to make us realize how important it was to be down to earth and respect everyone. Also, be considerate towards their individuality. Treating people the right way is all you needed to know.
Stand Up On The Bench
Looking At The Big Picture
Not being attentive in the class, loitering in the hallway and disturbing others felt much cooler than others but just then you were made to stand up on the bench for your misbehavior. It was to open your eyes and make you look at the bigger picture that you have a whole life ahead of you and you need to be successful so stop wasting your time around like an idiot. And start making the most out of the time that you have now.
Finger On Your Lips
“Have you seen my new pencil box? It’s so cool. I won so many awards on this annual day”. Quiet! Why are you both talking in the class? I want you to sit with folded hands and fingers on your lips. The underlying truth was the teacher was making you boast less about what you have. Rather keep that stuff and words to yourself. Self-praise is not always needed.
Every cloud has a silver lining. Just like that, every punishment had its learning. It’s just a matter of our perception of how we look on those days and realize why it was meant to be. Not just about schooling but your entire life has challenges that are meant to better you.