Source: Pixabay Every state and country where school is compulsory is faced with the problem commonly labeled school refusal . Everywhere, a significant number of kids strongly resist going to school and manage to skip a large number of school days. From a legal perspective, refusal to attend school is a crime , and, if prolonged, it is often treated as a crime, even today. Children can be put into juvenile detention centers for not attending school, and parents who are either unwilling or unable to force their children to show up at school (and don't have the means or knowhow to provide homeschooling or some other legal alternative to school) can be subject to arrest or having their children taken away from them. Psychologists, however (no surprise), are inclined to think of school refusal not as a crime to be punished, but as a psychological disorder to be treated. Yet, as I read the psychological literature on treatment for school refusal, I can't help but think of some of the treatments as punishment . How psychologists generally describe and attempt to treat school refusal If you enter "school refusal" as a search term in any database that covers the academic journals… Read full this story
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