Children sometimes tend to challenge adult or parental experience by choosing to misbehave intentionally in order to achieve something. However, this act should be taken as part of the children’s natural development and plays a significant role in their growth although associated with a lot of consequences. Discipline is how the children are well prepared in differentiating the acceptable from unacceptable and right from wrong. Therefore, discipline is a very significant aspect of a child’s development and educational progress in a given environment. Parents are the major determinants of a child’s behavior as they are the first individuals who spend time with them in their earlier lives thereby laying the foundation for their behavior. Good parents should follow up the behavioral development of their children in case they care about the children’s future (“Debate Topic: Parents Should Be Held Responsible For Their School-going Children’s Discipline Problem | Debate.org”).
Teachers have the responsibility of ensuring that the children maintain the already laid morals as they progress educationally. In the recent days, the number of children has rapidly increased in schools therefore giving teachers a challenge of deeply monitoring the behavior of every pupil. Therefore, there is a need for parents to impart keenly good morals to their children while at home. This will give teachers humble time in carrying out their teaching responsibilities as there will be reduced indiscipline cases among the children. It is evident that the discipline of children should start at home then be facilitated at school.
Parents should provide a good environment that will enable their children to grow within the accepted morals. At home, the children need to be trained to respect their elders and obey their parents and teachers among other good morals. It is from the parents’ responsibility that the children will be able to observe the school disciplinary measures. Parents should nurture their children by taking care of their basic needs as well as giving them attention, love, understanding and support. The children will probably feel worthy, lovable, listened to and became trusting. It’s through these nurturing that children will develop the foundations for their future behavior. In most cases, children who are not well nurtured by their parents tend to misbehave due to the frustrations they face in their families.
Additionally, it is from home where children should be guided on important matters of their development. The parents at home should provide the foundation for their children’s behavior by imposing rules, holding children accountable, following up with consequences, and setting limits for them. This will enable the children to learn responsible behavior, feel a sense of safety, tolerate frustration, and learn from their mistakes. Therefore, the parents should play great responsibility in shaping the discipline of their children before they hand them over to teachers. Children who are well disciplined by their parents often offer teachers easy times in imparting them with skills and tend to act within the acceptable morals. Also, they are quick in adopting new morals introduced to them by teachers (Alvarenga, Oliveira, and Dazzani 12).
However, schools initiate much effort in shaping of the behavior of children as they provide the environment where children spend most time of their days. Teachers substitute parents in schools by taking their roles. They provide more stability in the children’s lives by linking education with social service. The teachers end up contributing much to the discipline of the children. In every school, cases of indiscipline are inevitable basing a reason for the existence of disciplinary measures. In the recent days, teachers are limited in dealing with disruptive behaviors among children with various legislations. With these limitations, the teachers alone cannot discipline children more so in situations whereby parents allow them to do whatever they want while out of school. Furthermore, the teacher’s role is to teach and not to keep on disciplining disruptive students in class as he/she ends up wasting a lot of time.
Whenever parents take their children to school, they usually develop many expectations about the responsibilities of teachers. They expect the teachers’ efforts to nurture the children’s behavior as well as impart them with appropriate skills and knowledge. Over the period that teachers spend with students, it’s clear that they contribute much to their lives. The teachers have the responsibility of ensuring that the students are acting within the socially acceptable morals. This is achieved through the proper deliverance of skills together with sufficient guidance and counseling in case the children are involved in challenging situations. Schools pay much attention to the discipline of students as it acts as the determinant of their success (Alvarenga, Oliveira, and Dazzani 15).
Most curriculums implemented in schools have initiated moral behavior information in various subjects that is to be utilized by the learners. This is one of the ways the school engages in shaping the discipline of students. Also, schools contain well-laid rules and regulations upon which the students are supposed to adore to. The teachers enrich the students with the relevant skills that enables them to differentiate between right acts and wrong ones. Besides teachersensure that students follow the school rules and punish those who break them. Schools that employ high disciplinary measures to students has proved to produce high disciplined individuals. This is a clear indication that the future success of a child in most cases depends on the teachers. However, this success is usually achieved with close support from parents.
Teachers’ responsibility in disciplining children has increased with time due to the parents’ failure to guide their children appropriately. Parents are failing to support discipline for their children whereby they even act in a defensive manner when teachers suggest that their kids are falling short of perfect. This reaction from parents has threatened the teacher’s responsibility in disciplining children. Most of them are prohibiting confrontations from parents by avoiding to punish students thereby tolerating indiscipline cases among them. Therefore, the extent to which teachers engage themselves in nurturing the behavior of children greatly depend on the support they get from the parents. With much support, teachers will engage in successfully determining the behavior of children (“Storm : School Discipline Starts at Home”).
Teachers play a great role in disciplining children and determining their success. However, the teachers by their own cannot determine the behavior of a child due to various challenges. They need to work together with parents in molding the behavior of children. The parents should not leave the disciplining responsibility to teachers as they will not execute it on their own. Therefore, discipline should start from home whereby, the parents should play a larger part in the determination of discipline of their children. Moreover, the extent to which the teachers will contribute to the discipline of children will largely depend on the parent’s support.
Alvarenga, Patricia, Ebenézer A. Oliveira, and Maria V. Dazzani. “Can Attribution of a Neutral Emotional State in Child Discipline Play an Adaptive Role in Child InternalisingBehaviour?” Early Child Development and Care (2010): n. pag. Print.
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“The Storm : School Discipline Starts at Home.” The Storm : A Flomaton High School News Publication. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Aug. 2015.