Would ancient proverbial wisdom help improve school discipline and/or reduce violence in Chicago?

Definition of Discipline 

the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.

“a lack of proper parental and school discipline” (Source HERE )

Chicago Violence

I believe everyone agrees discipline is needed to help reduce violence in Chicago. Whether discipline pertains to police, parents, schools,  children, Government Administration, and even gangs.

Ancient Punishments

I wrote a previous post, King Solomon, Punishment for Fools, to explain how King Solomon, based on his proverbs, may have explained to the Queen of Sheba why he inflicted the cruel punishment of whipping his subjects to instill discipline.

Some cultures in our modern world still use ancient methods to beat or whip troublemakers to instill or maintain discipline. I personally do not condone whipping anyone and never beat any of my kids or grandkids. However, having police experience, I know that in certain instances, there is no alternative other than to use necessary force to contain or arrest an unruly lawbreaker.

Discipline in Schools 

Everyone who ever went to school, public or private, has experienced the antics of a class troublemaker. The result is that children who want to learn are robbed of teaching time. This leads to class disruption, teacher stress and turnover, and lowers overall school achievement ratings.

A private school has the option to expel a hopeless problem disruptive child, but a public school for the most part does not. Most concerned parents will steer their children in school to take “advanced courses” to make the best use of their time in public schools. By and large, most problem discipline children very seldom will apply to be admitted to an advanced course because it requires extra study time and effort.

School Vouchers 

In Post Four, I brought up school vouchers. However, school vouchers is not the complete solution or answer to Chicago violence and/or school discipline. Lets face it, what child never misbehaves? Teachers can readily identify which students have parental discipline at home by the behavior of a child in class.

King Solomon observed it is fairly common to observer that most children are prone to misbehave or act foolish from time to time. His proverbs reveal him to be a strict disciplinarian. His belief was that it is better to beat a child to prevent the consequences of him becoming a fool, a hurtful disappointment to their parents. Also, he believed that when a fool is punished, he or she becomes a example lesson for others to learn there are consequences including corporal  , punishment sometimes for fools in life.

King Solomon 

Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him (22:15).

A foolish son is a grief to his father And bitterness to her who bore him. (Proverb 17:25) 

When the scoffer is punished, the naive becomes wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge. (Proverb 21:11) 

What is My Point? 

School discipline will not end Chicago violence. Either will school vouchers entirely help undisciplined children. What school discipline and school vouchers will do, is help the children being robbed of a quality education because of school discipline problems not of their making. 

In My Opinion 

The children who want to learn are victims of Chicago violence and need help same as the undisciplined children. We need to begin somehow and some where,  to solve school discipline problems. Start by paying attention to children who want to learn and end making them innocent unwilling victims of society problems they and their parents bear no responsibility for making.

Perhaps, when children who are interested in learning see undisciplined children being expelled or punished,  they will observe and learn there are  consequences in life.

You Decide

Is it wise or foolish to rob a child who wants to learn, Is it wise or foolish for the general welfare of our  nation to deprive of a quality education because of the unruly disruptive actions of others?

As for how proverbs might help an undisciplined child, that will be the subject of a future post. 

Regards and goodwill blogging. 


King Solomon, Punishment for Fools HERE

Religious Tolerance, Spanking HERE

Previous Posts

Post One HERE

Post Two HERE

Post Three HERE

Post Four HERE