Each school has it own style of discipline. The style varies from positive to punitive. Usually, schools adapt punitive style of discipline for this is easier to implement and faster in obtaining obedience. But this style only suppressed the bad behavior of students. They obey the rules and regulations of the school not because they believed it is expedient for values development but because they are afraid to be dismissed or expelled.
The rampant misbehavior of students in our schools, both public and private, is the concern of our school leaders. To discipline a misbehaving student is not easy. Leaders encounter several oppositions from parents, students, and other people concerned.
Let’s remember that the object of discipline is self-government. The student must be taught how to control himself and adapt to the formation of good values as a Filipino in order to be an agent for the progress of our country. This control will help the student internalize the expected values in him as a person. So, in order to provide a better way of disciplining the students, the school must formulate in advance sound, adaptable and clear rules and regulations based on its philosophy, mission and objectives.
The discipline that works if properly implemented is called Reality Therapy. The core of Reality Therapy is responsibility which Glasser defines as the “ability to fulfill one’s need and to do so in a way that does not deprive others of the ability to fulfill their needs.”
Our behavior has three components:  doing  thinking, and  feeling. Reality focuses on what we are doing not on what we think and feel. It stresses current behavior and concentrates on changing it (Corey, Gerald. Theory and Practice of Group Counseling).
Reality Therapy is a discipline that provides direct consequence related to misbehavior of students. Furthermore, it is a discipline that teachers the student accountability for his misbehavior in school. When a student learns that he is accountable and feels a direct consequence of his misbehavior, then he will try to avoid further infractions and learn to discipline himself. Then the values of obedience, respect, sense of responsibility, etc. will gradually be developed in him. Finally, the goal of discipline is realized and students become more responsible. But in the process of implementing discipline, constant warning and guidance must be provided.
Here are some examples of Reality Therapy:
- Cheating – Be given zero point. Apologize to the class or to the teacher.
- Disrespect – Apologize publicly and privately.
- Vandalism – Repair, paint, or produce what was damaged.
- Stealing – Apologize, return the amount or thing stolen.
- Losing books and other materials – Replace them.
- Writing on the wall – Erase the writings on the wall.
- Failure to clean the room – Clean the room alone for 1 – 2 days.
- Cutting classes – Home custody and not be allowed to visit schools.
The key to effective discipline is consistency, fairness, and human in nature.