EDUC 205 DB 5 - Why do you think educational theorists use...

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Why do you think educational theorists use the word “penalties” as a substitute for the word “punishments”? I think educational theorists use the word “penalties” as a substitute for the word “punishments” because “penalties” sounds less severe or less serious. “Penalties” sounds less serious because it is associated with sports, not with school. Today’s society is so politically correct that people go out of their way to not offend someone or hurt their feelings. In our society there are some who might be offended by the word “punishments”. Are they missing or avoiding some aspect of punishment by changing the word? No, the educational theorists are not missing some aspect of punishment by changing the word. A punishment or a penalty is still a consequence. Like in other areas of society, a name change may make some feel better, so calling it a penalty instead of a punishment may help parents feel better. Parents and students should understand that discipline is good for the child, as Hebrews
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  • Fall '10
  • SusanDCunningham
  • Discussion Board 5, international version, McCullough, New International Version, educational theorists

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