They used to say, if you spare the rod you will spoil the child. Schools are nursing places for various virtues and values. They observe discipline by acceptance not by force. Self-discipline or discipline by acceptance is self-control.
Discipline in the classroom, on the playground and elsewhere in the school is all important. Teachers are to be first disciplined, so one, who cannot control oneself, cannot control others. Some argue that discipline limits freedom and that also kills the man’s initiative. One controls his emotions and desires and gives room to listen to other’s points of views. If they are allowed free play without discipline, it will end in chaos.
Perhaps that is one of the reasons how they keep shaping me up to excel continually, both at school and at home. Whenever I did anything wrong, they pointed out my mistakes and corrected me. It read that a school boy in America brought a genuine lire arm to the school and shot six of his fellow students just for the heck of it!
And twice a month my father took me to the swimming pool and taught me to swim too. Many parents abandon their work at home and sit watching the soap serials regularly for hours together.
Discipline means obedience to a superior authority.
Accepting the norms of the family, society, the commands of elders and obeying them is also discipline.
Requiring criminal history information adds to the fear some applicants have about how they will be viewed during the decision review process.
I have spoken with students and parents who are concerned with how disciplinary and/or criminal disclosure information is used in the admissions process, and whether it is necessary, especially if the person has already paid their so-called dues to society.
I also have seen a difference between punishments imposed on applicants, and have heard applicants express frustration with biases they have experienced, based on race.
Thus the CCA’s concerns over how this information could come to play in the review are important, but they do not warrant abandoning an often carefully considered process that serves a valid purpose in higher education admissions.