It was a little after classes resumed post the lunch break. A sudden uproar tore through the silent school corridors, as news spread that a class 6 student has tested his strength on a wooden door, breaking it down to pieces.
The petrified prankster is soon summoned by the principal. With bated breath, he enters through the dreaded doors and awaits his fate. He emerges a while later with a perplexed, but happy face.
So what was his punishment? He has to plant two saplings and maintain them till they blossom. The duration of his punishment lasts till the plants flower.
Bigger Offence Means More Plants
Almost all of us can recall being a naughty student at school and being duly punished by our teachers. Ranging from a few smacks with a cane to detention after school hours – school punishments have evolved over the ages ensuring a healthy environment for the students. However, Krishnanagar Collegiate School in Nadia, West Bengal, might have devised the best possible punishment in history – growing a plant.
No one has ever become poor by giving – Anne Frank
Principal Manaranjan Biswas believes students can be taught the true worth of something through creation, and planting a tree is the simplest way to convey that message.
In his school, if someone engages in a fight with a classmate or damages school property, his punishment is to grow a tree from a seedling. “Not only does this teach him to love nature and be eco-friendly, but it also nurtures the young mind with good moral values. The greater the seriousness of one’s offence, the more number of plants he has to maintain,” Biswas shares with Efforts For Good.