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I'm the one who is interested in euducational system in English speaking countries. To me, one of the most interesting system is "detention". As far as I know, it is a kind of "punishment" for what students did bad things in class.
I wonder what kind of things studetns generally do during detention. If you know, could you help me understand the culture of school in English speaking countries?
Back when I was in school (shortly after dinosaurs stopped roaming the Earth), detention was given the euphemistic term "Study Hall." If a miscreant was assigned detention/study hall, he had to report to a certain room after regular classes ended and sit quietly with the other delinquents for one hour. A teacher or other administrator was present during that time to maintain order. The main "punishment" was that you could not talk to one another while in detention. You were supposed to study or do homework, but you could also pass the hour by doodling in a sketchbook or reading a (non-homework related) book. The main point of the punishment was to detain you at school one hour longer than necessary (after all your friends had gone home and were already relaxing or having fun), while also forcing you to sit quietly.
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I work in an elementary school (also called a primary school in some parts of the English-speaking world) and we use detention for students who didn't complete their homework. Instead of playing at recess, we "detain" them inside the class and they must work on their homework or other incomplete assignment.