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Punishment and sanction??

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by aminul980, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. aminul980

    aminul980 New commenter

    What's the difference between punishing and sanctioning a student? Don't they give the same meaning? Why should we not use the word punish?
  2. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    Although the two words have very similar meanings, there are slight nuances that make 'sanction' seem more appropriate to use in today's society.

    'Punishment' has a negative connotation. The offender must pay the price for his/her wrongdoing. It brings to mind a sense of one person being in power above another.

    'Sanction' sounds slightly more neutral. The offender should receive a consequence for his/her behaviour, but there is a sense of it being a deterrent against repeating the behaviour rather than as a price to pay for the behaviour itself.

    Perhaps others will think differently, but these are my thoughts.

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