The importance of Discipline


Discipline in school life is very important for students. We can’t be well educated without discipline. Without learning and following discipline in school, poor decisions in their early life can cost students later in their career. In school education, discipline is a set of rules & regulations that remind us of the proper code of behavior. Discipline is ever more important during school life. Notably so, many schools are now using school management software and discipline tracking tools.

But discipline is not only important for school students, it’s for everyone.
Discipline is self-improvement practice. It is what helps us all to achieve our goals in life.
See a successful business owner, a popular leader and you will find that he/she is well disciplined.
Disciplined founders and leaders have higher business intelligence and strong analytical skills. Because they practiced their business growth strategies consistently and with focus.

For example, you have goals and dreams. You strive hard to achieve them. But most of the time, most people only achieve 50% success. But discipline insists that we keep going, keep working, keep dreaming, keep trying until we get to the 100% success marker. Descipline propells us all the way to success. And that’s why I think implementations of disciplinary measures early in students' minds better enables them to achieve their goals and dreams later in life. But let’s learn about the importance of discipline in students’ life in detail with example.

In early school life, a student has a tender mind that, most often, does not know what is right from wrong. This student therefore will need constant guidance and supervision from his/her teachers, or else they could easily end up taking the wrong path in their decision making.

Using an analogy to explain this, we can say that a school is like a canal that a remote village farmer builds for irrigating his fields. There is a purpose behind building that canal.

The purpose is to guide/redirect the water to those areas that are far from the water source. Its purpose is to connect two water sources and provide nourishment to villages so that crops can grow.

Likewise, there is a purpose for building a school. Its primary purpose is to guide/redirect the students in school life in the right paths so that they grow up to become socially, scientifically and morally educated. This is where discipline comes into the picture.

The nature of water is to flow where gravity takes it, without regard for consequencies. If there is no canal to give it a fixed path, it will disperse everywhere. It could becomes useless for the farmer if his fields are still dry, while detremental for other areas where too much water could produce undesired flooding. That too is wasteful. In the same way, a student’s mind is playful by nature, it will go in every direction unless the student is given a fixed path (discipline) to follow.

Building a canal and maintaining discipline in schools are not easy tasks. The water in the canal and the students in the schools will each resist any attempts to control or regulate their movements and or function. The water will try to seep through the canal if there are cracks in it or it will try to flow over the wall if they are not high enough.

Similarly, the students will try to escape the rules and regulations if discipline is not maintained or enforced strictly. If their mind is not occupied by their teachers in learning activities, it will wander into bad activities. They might even wonder themselves outside class if there is no teacher to watch them. Even worse wandering occur after school hours as these experimenting youngsters test every available avenue, trying to find new paths to satisfy their youthful curiousity. It is therfore imperative that students have more than just academic guidance. A strong moral compass is equally important at this stage of a student's life, so while these students are busy filling up their heads with knowledge, it it incumbent upon the adults in their lives to ensure that they also keep up their rudimentary minds occupied with the rigos of figuring out right from wrong, actions and consequencies, cause and effect. No idle hands permitted. No empty minds allowed! Because as they say, an empty mind is a devil’s workshop.

But it takes a lot of hard work to build a strong canal that keeps the water flowing properly. With a school also it’s the same; there is a lot of hard work that goes into running a school such that the students don’t fall out of line.

Just like the walls of a canal don’t let the water go outside it and guide the water to the field, the discipline in school shouldn't allow students to go outside their ethical and moral boundaries and should guides them to become good human beings. This is more easily said than done, of course.

To sum it up, we can say that students are like water and discipline in schools is like the walls of a canal. The water should flow well, all things being equal, if the walls of the canal are strong. Likewise, the students will do better in life if the disciplinary measures in their schools is not only strict; holding them to higher standards, but also nurturing; lovingly guiding them to become more productive, morally upstanding human beings.

That’s why discipline is really important and plays a great role in students’ school life.

When students (water) are properly aligned to their rightful purpose then their individual futures and that of an entire country will be great.