USE THE ROD VS SPARE THE ROD
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A healthy discussion ensued in one of our forms last night – Forum 2 precisely – and I promised to lend my vice in this morning’s CHARGE OF THE DAY so that it can be general. So this morning’s charge is a long one (not a lecture though) Please read to the end.
The rod is an important instrument for correction and instilling lifelong character and attitude in children when used in the right (varying) proportion, at the right timing, within the right children age range and in the right frame of mind. Please note the key conditions here – in the right proportion, at the right timing, within the right children age range and in the right frame of mind.
There has been an unending argument as to whether to completely spare the rod or use it on children. Without trying to sound like an overall authority, I think I have an understanding worth listening to.
The rod should never be used to intend achieving academic compliance. Never! Rather than instill fear and make the child ‘know’ the subject being taught, it gets them confused and you risk an eternal phobia for the the course and everything associated with it. I taught mathematics and its industrial applications for years and I can only ascribe my love for the subject to the impartation method I was given in my formative years. As I grew to become an adult and an educator, I meet too many people who hate the subject because they don’t know it. Ask them why and they’ll have something to say about the guy who taught them in their formative years.
But the rod should be consulted occasionally – if need be – to instill character, attitudes and ethics needed for lifelong success in the child. Using it in school is however another subject to be well understood. One area we get it wrong is that we want to treat the children like our children. Oh, I see them as my children and so I must spank them as I spank mine. That’s not true. They’re your children, but not your biological children.
I have taught us earlier on this platform to study the background and upbringing of the children entrusted to us. Chances are majority of our parents belong to the same class. There’s a behavior pertinent to each class. Parents who have brought up their children entirely without the rod before enrolling them with you will find it rather strange if you suddenly switch to an all-rod affair. On the other hand, parents who have healthily applied the rod as a tool for instilling character and attitude will not spare you if you spare the rod completely claiming to follow one foreign tradition.
Remember that we’re Africans and we will always be. Wisdom is profitable to direct and the wisdom here is, avoid a drastic deviation in the approach parents have employed in the upbringing of their offsprings, if you want to deviate, please do it with with them. Carry them along, educate them vigorously on your methandand let there be a synchrony between the school’s approach and the home approach. If you succeed at that, you’re a hero and you’ll be celebrated.
Let me close this discus by saying that the no-rod approach has done as much menace as the all-rod approach. None of the two should be absolute. Less of the rod is however advised. But whichever way, don’t train a child in isolation from his parents ideologies. You can’t do it alone.
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