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Pupils forced to listen to Mozart

January 19, 2010

Detentions where pupils are forced to listen to classical music are an effective deterrent against unruly behaviour, a head teacher has found.

Brian Walker, head at West Park School in Derby, runs the two-hour detentions, featuring Elgar, Mozart, Verdi and Bach, on a Friday after school.

“Hopefully, I open their ears to an experience they don’t normally have and it seems many of them don’t want to have it again, so it’s both educational and acts as a deterrent.”

Read the full story: here

I’m in two minds about this; on the one hand, any legal punishment which succeeds as a deterrent and doesn’t produce anger in the punished or their families gets my vote.

On the other hand, I wonder how the music department sees it. Fancy having some of the world’s most beautiful music used as a punishment? By the time they leave at age 16, just imagine how many young people may have been put off classical music for life.

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