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PigBloodCake wrote:Frankly, the entire educational system, from the West to the 'wan, has been "pussified".
Who the hell knows autism, Asperger, ADHD and what not last century? Compassion? More like corporal punishment back in the ol' days.
You disrupt the class, you're getting the whip. You didn't do well, you're getting the whip. Hell, I got 98 back in 2nd or 3rd grade and I still got 2 lashes (every lash for each missed point). There was absolutely no excuse back then NOT to have perfection.
Achtung Baby wrote:Hello, OP here, been out all day and just checked in now.
Thank you for your variety of responses. A few answers to repeated questions:
-His medication: I'm not certain. I was told it may have been for ADHD but that doesn't cover his violent behavior.
-Home life: I know that he has a sister in the same buxiban/anquinban and they have never encountered any problems with her. I suspect, quite frankly, that he is spending far too much time under the care of people who aren't his parents- he's at our school well into the evening, every evening. However, this is the case with plenty of other Taiwanese kids too and most of them don't have this level of behavioral issues. I don't know anything about his parental or guardian situation. According to my TA, however, this child went to his parents actually asking to see a doctor about his inability to behave because he wanted to fit in. I don't know if this is true or not- not that I believe that my TA is lying, of course (because I don't) but because of possible language barrier as well as a whole other slew of cultural factors distorting the facts.
-Compassion: I'm a believer in tempering justice with mercy. However, as many others have stated, I believe that by being a source of firm authority, discipline, and patient education with this child I am helping him. I have tried to take the "boost his ego" approach and it is not working.
-Discipline: Whiteys can't get away with physically punishing or emotionally shaming students here the way Chinese teachers can. Also, I'm a 5'3" woman and this boy is one of the bigger ones in class. I'm not sure physical intimidation is the best card for me to play, anyway (although I am something of a believer in old school discipline). Sending him out of the classroom is tricky, too. It's against school policy to send a child out of the classroom cold. I can, however, take him out of the classroom myself and call down to the office for help. This involves interrupting my class, however.
-I've been teaching the class for two months. I replaced a teacher who was finishing up his contract- he had them for several months, I believe, but this child was new at the beginning of February. I witnessed while observing his class this child repeatedly being a pain in the ass and dropping the f-bomb. Prior teacher was a bit hippy-dippy and didn't do much.
I have zero personal ethical qualms about enforcing strict but humane discipline on this child who keeps behaving like a turd burglar. However, I am mindful of the fact that the buxiban is a business and that some types of disciplinary measures (especially coming from a foreigner) are a big no-no and I definitely don't need to land myself in hot water legally or with my employer. I also believe that this child needs qualified psychiatric help. Whatever happens, I am taking real steps soon to remedy this- and additional advice is much appreciated.
finley wrote:The first second he starts acting up, sling him out the door. Ignore everything he does out there; he's not in your classroom, ergo not your problem.
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