School detention is a divisive topic in the learning community, as educators disagree on the effectiveness of school-based disciplinary actions. Some believe it is a more effective use of time for students who tend to misbehave, while others believe this puts educators in an excessively disciplinary role rather than focusing on teaching their students content during the school day.
No, after-school detention should not be banned
School detention is one of the only tactics teachers have as a disciplinary method, and it acts as an important time occupant for kids who may otherwise misuse their free time. It supplements education and prevents misbehavior, making it an effective punishment.
After-school detention simultaneously disciplines and keeps troubled kids occupied
School detention is intended first and foremost as a disciplinary strategy, but it also helps teachers understand their students better and keep troubled kids under a watchful eye, preventing them from misusing their time.
After-school detention is typically a badly-implemented method of occupying students, but it blurs educator-parental figure boundaries and frequently changes how students think about their teachers, as they become primary disciplinary figures rather than educators.
Teachers should act as educators, not disciplinarians for their students
Schools are overstepping in their attempts to keep kids in line; schools should only be disciplining students for things that occur in the classroom and the school day itself, rather than bleed out into a student’s everyday life.