Thursday, January 15, 2009

Check This Out

Look! The Geneva Convention says that you can not punish a person for an offense he or she has not personally committed.

It is generally agreed by the leaders of the world that you should not impose group punishment. So, why are we still doing it to our children in school and sports?

I've been searching a bit and have found a couple of interesting takes on the idea of group or collective punishment. Here's one. And another. No one, that I've found thus far, says it's a good thing. Again, why is it that we, as a society still do it, then?

Then, of course, there is the charged question of if punishment at all even works. It's something we try to avoid with Davan, but we did use punishment with Max when he lived here. Was that a good idea or not? I don't know and I'm not sure I ever really will, as far as how it effected his behavior.

Generally, though, I think that punishment just creates resentment and people who do good things only because of the threat of punishment, not because they want to do good.

Okay. I'm way tired. I feel like I'm relapsing a bit back into my cold. I need to get off the computer and go to bed.

1 comment:

  1. You could do a paper on all this and give it to the gym to read so that you thoughts would be organized and maybe persuasive. At least when and if you change gyms you know something to ask about.