One of my classmates spent a year teaching at a school in Zimbabwe before he attended business school.
One day, a student’s parent approached him and said, “You are a very bad teacher.”
Dumbfounded, he asked why.
He never expected to hear what the man had to say next.
Apparently, my friend was not a good teacher because he did not beat his students when they misbehaved.
Violence for violence’s sake is not conducive to a positive learning environment. That said, a school that prevents teachers from enforcing discipline also sets barriers to effective education.
The video above shows that even in a case where a student clearly physically threatens a teacher, the school system immediately blames the teacher when she defends herself.
I am not calling for more teacher-on-student violence in schools. I am only calling for more teacher discretion in enforcing discipline.
If keeping order in the classroom involves some judicial application of physical coercion, so be it.