I wonder what Dan Markel thinks of this

Private use of shaming punishments:

Tasha Henderson got tired of her 14-year-old daughter’s poor grades, her chronic lateness to class and her talking back to her teachers, so she decided to teach the girl a lesson.

She made Coretha stand at a busy Oklahoma City intersection Nov. 4 with a cardboard sign that read: “I don’t do my homework and I act up in school, so my parents are preparing me for my future. Will work for food.”

I suspect that many of the same arguments apply here that might be used against state shaming punishments. (For some of them, see Dan’s paper).

On the other hand, it sounds awfully effective. Perhaps I should write up a proposal for the next faculty meeting suggesting that we implement this. A few students marching in front of the library wearing “I didn’t do the reading” sandwich boards would go a long way towards improving class participation, no?

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3 Responses

  1. Still Angry says:

    In the land of the shamed the shameless man is king

    Unlike Kamipono D. Wenger (really), I don’t think this sort of thing will be very effective.

  2. Dan Markel says:

    If you want to know what I think, you should ask me via email to post about it. How am I supposed to learn about these matters? Read Co-Op?

    Someone else just asked me also. I’ll probably post in the next day or so and maybe trackback…

  3. Mia says:

    Wow, what a terrible idea. When your students don’t do their reading, rather than make them wear sandwich boards saying “I didn’t do the reading”, you should ask them to speak to you after class and ask them what’s up. And if that doesn’t work, refer them to the school psychologist for help.

    When students don’t do their reading, it’s not always (although often) because they’re lazy. What if your student(s) have an undiagnosed learning disability or mental disorder? Some people don’t get diagnosed with ADD until they’re 30. And there are very hardworking and determined people out there who want to do the reading but can’t focus due to a chemical imbalance. I don’t think people should be shamed for suffering from a chemical imbalance.