MODEL FOR CONSTRUCTIVE DISCIPLINE IN ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM OF MORAL DECADENCE IN SCHOOLS
This paper is motivated, by and large, by the need to find a parameter and empirical basis for laying a sure foundation for constructive discipline in addressing the eminent challenge of moral decadence in our schools. It is assumed that the extent of moral decadence in our schools is at an alarming rate and seemingly becoming unabated. The effort by school administrations to curb this anomaly that has almost become a norm is not only desirable but exigent. This paper, therefore, reflects on this peculiar problem from biblical perspective. The main question to which an answer is sought is whether impartation of fear and love of God through teaching of religious scriptures in schools is not indispensable for confronting this monster. This paper presents viable suggestions, using Shemaan parameter for teaching, application and constructive discipline. The contents of Shema were applied to the Jews in general and Jewish schools in particular. In retrospect of their application in the Jewish context, this paper, therefore, suggests, recommends, and concludes, that there is need to revisit the Shemaan parameter as an instructive model to be replicated in inculcating discipline, thereby permanently eradicating moral decadence in our schools.