The video shows many instances of Bart Simpson writing on the chalkboard (e.g. I will not burp in class). Is there a way to properly refer to this punishment? I can't think of a single way to say this in a normal sounding way.
This punishment is commonly referred to as "writing lines," which can refer to doing so on a chalkboard, a whiteboard, a piece of paper, etc. I'm not sure if anyone has tried to have a student serve this punishment on a computer with copy/paste disabled, but I think the term would apply to that as well if they did.
If you wanted to be more specific to doing so on a chalkboard, "writing lines on a chalkboard" would be clear, idiomatic English. For example: "The teacher made the student stay after school and write lines on the chalkboard."
(West Coast AmE) I know these as standards, or writing standards (on the chalkboard, on paper, etc). I think doing standards is acceptable, and I've seen copying standards as well.
I'm not finding these exact expressions easily in dictionaries, but this usage of standards is roughly:
2 a rule or principle that is used as a basis for judgment:
They tried to establish standards for a new philosophical approach.
5 standards, those morals, ethics, habits, etc., established by authority, custom, or an individual as acceptable:
He tried to live up to his father's standards
Here are a couple of sites showing the usage. I noticed there was some confusion in the first forum, which leads me to suspect this usage might be regional.
- At an in service today, it was suggested that removing a student from the class and having them sit and copy standards or pages from the dictionary was a good consequence for misbehavior.
Copying standards as punishment
- I definitely remember having to do that in elementary school (1st grade, particularly), but as a whole class, not individually. I don’t recall anyone ever being singled out for that punishment a la Bart Simpson.
Whenever this happened, we all had to sit at our desks and write on our paper; no one ever wrote anything on the chalkboard. I can’t remember any specific sentences (or “standards” as they were called), but I’m sure they had to do with whatever misbehavior was being committed immediately before (e.g., “I will not be disruptive in class”)
Do you remember being forced to write 100 sentences for punishment during school?
- What you are referring to is called “writing standards” in the U.S. An example of that is to make a child write, “I will follow directions in class.”
Is it acceptable for a teacher to make a student write lines as punishment?
To me the clearest is "Mrs. Crabapple made Bart stay and write 'I will not burp in class' fifty times." (or you could add 'on the board/chalkboard', or 'in front of the class' if they are still there. If you are just describing this one case, go with that.
I like the other answers here in terms of how you would describe the event in general - standards, if the student has transgressed some general rule of good behavior. The school may have its own list of ideals they strive to impress upon students, and they might refer to it as the school's standards, credos, creeds, or mottos. Alternately, a teacher might make them write something more relevant to a topic they are studying. And 'lines' or 'sentences' are more general options.