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This article presents a comprehensive analysis of the evolution of student discipline within educational settings, highlighting the transition from traditional punitive measures to more progressive and effective approaches. The primary focus is on the ineffectiveness of corporal punishment and the subsequent shift towards positive discipline practices that emphasize empathy, understanding, and communication. The article advocates for student leadership roles as a key alternative, proposing the involvement of students in decision-making processes through student councils, peer mediation, and school governance. This approach not only addresses behavioral management but also fosters essential life skills, such as leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving in students. The article further discusses the importance of professional development for educators in these new disciplinary techniques, the role of parental and community engagement, and the need for policy advocacy to support these changes. Regular evaluation and feedback mechanisms are suggested to ensure the effectiveness and continual improvement of these methods. The article concludes by underscoring the benefits of these approaches, including enhanced student development, reduced disciplinary referrals, and improved academic performance, advocating for their wider adoption in schools.


Positive Discipline Student Leadership Corporal Punishment Educational Policy Behavioral Management

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Dennis, K. . (2023). Transforming School Discipline: From Corporal Punishment to Positive Discipline and Student Leadership. Convergence Chronicles, 4(4), 210–214.


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