Sunday, November 28, 2010

1,200 times

Procrastination and forgetting are excuses often used by students of all levels for not doing their assigned homework. Teachers worldwide are racking their brains to come up with means to make sure their students to hand in homework on time. One of which is have students copy a number of times of certain passages as punishment for belated submission of homework assignment. I assume many of my readers must have experienced it when you were young. Did it work?

Despite copying is considered a form of corporal punishment and is strictly prohibited by the Ministry of Education of People’s Republic of China, an elementary school teacher of Wuhan area of Hubei province still ordered one of his students who had forgotten to submit the assigned homework on time to write “I will never forget to do my homework and I will hand in my homework on time” 1,200 times as punishment. This penalty, a total of about 18,000 Chinese characters, took the elementary kid four nights to finish.

What’s the point of giving such punishment? Could not the teacher think of better ways to have his student hand in homework on time?

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