There’s a 12-year-old girl who’s probably gonna become a lawyer. In her first case, she’s comparing a common practice among teachers to war crimes, making some compelling arguments too. Everything started when Andrew Heiss’ daughter got punished together with the whole grade for a fight between a couple of kids. After doing some research, she voiced her concerns to her father. But the little girl didn’t stop there. She started sort of a resistance movement and is addressing the student council on Nov. 1. Something tells me she’s going there prepared.

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Andrew’s daughter is probably talking about the Geneva Conventions, a series of international treaties established between 1864 and 1949. Specifically, the second protocol, Protocol II, which extended human rights protection to persons involved in severe civil conflicts. Collective punishment is prohibited for prisoners of war, and Article 33 in the fourth Convention says “no protected person may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed.”

People were impressed with the girl’s determination and wished her good luck in her quest

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Collective punishment is supposed to promote compliance. And, just like other forms of punishment, it relies on the idea that the experience imposed by the teacher will be unpleasant enough to condition the students to change their behaviour in the future. Behaviourists first used this technique successfully animals in the 1960s. Behaviour modification strategies were then adopted by schools in various forms and are still used extensively today.

Some think collective punishment is effective due to peer pressure. It’s a common practice in sports and the military. However, there are critics who believe this strategy should be dropped. One of the main reasons, according to them, has to do with moral values. The idea a group should be responsible for the actions of the few is at odds with the theories of individual responsibility in western, liberal societies. There, each individual is in control of their own actions and must bear the consequences of those actions individually.