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I was fortunate enough to have attended a seminar conducted by PETA's ArtZone Center which talks about positive discipline. It was the first time I have known about the concept. Simply, it teachers adults to veer away from the traditional spanking and verbal abuse to discipline children. Instead, it encourages the adults to treat these kids as capable individuals able to understand concepts, consequences of wrong decisions and correct themselves with the adults' guidance.
This year, with the help of Save the Children, DepEd has introduced an e-book that teachers may refer to in implementing positive discipline in their classroom. This supports DepEd's Department Order 40, s.2012 which prevents the use of corporal punishment in classrooms. Corporal punishment under this guideline covers:
- any punishment in which physical force is used and intended to cause some degree of pain or discomfort
- Examples include: hitting - smacking, slapping, spanking with the hand or an instrument (whip, stick, belt, shoe, wooden spoon, etc).
- It also involves kicking, shaking or throwing children, scratching, pinching, biting, pulling hair or boxing ears, forcing children to stay in uncomfortable positions, burning, scolding or forced ingestion (for example, washing children’s mouths out with soap or forcing them to swallow hot spices.
- Non-physical punishments that belittles, humiliates, denigrates, scapegoats, threatens, scares or ridicules the child are considered corporal punishments too
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Great job, DepEd! Cheers to all our teachers who will practice positive discipline in their classrooms!
To download the ebook, click here.