Naughty Kids Should Be Rewarded for Good Behaviour: Experts

by VR Sreeraman on  April 20, 2008 at 11:39 AM Child Health News   - G J E 4
Naughty Kids Should Be Rewarded for Good Behaviour: Experts
Rewarding naughty children for their good behaviour may help in improving their unruly conduct, experts have suggested.

According to the data released by the British government last year, 200 children were sent home every day for bad behaviour.

The experts suggested that praising and rewarding naughty children for concentrating and turning up on time and ignoring their attention seeking behaviour may make them disciplined and even boost their attendance in school.

"Schools where pupils' achievements are celebrated, however small, encourage them to be self motivated and self-disciplined, reducing the need to police their behaviour and attendance," the Mirror quoted Dr Lynne Rogers, of the Institute of Education, as saying.

"For children who seek attention, being given it even through punishment will be rewarding," added colleague Prof Susan Hallam.

Moreover overlooking their poor behaviour where possible and rewarding good "will lead to repetition and bring about change".

However, refuting the suggestions, Michael Gove, Shadow Children's Secretary said: "The suggestion that teachers should ignore poor behaviour is wrong. They need more powers to deal with disruptive children."

The Department for Schools said: "Teachers will know what works best."

Source: ANI

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