i worked at a community center that had kids aged 5 to 12 write lines such as "I will listen to the rec leader." They had to fill up 5 to 10 pages front and back single lines. Some had to spend hours on completing this and it continued to the next day. The kids NEVER learned anything from it. They also had to copy word by word out of a book. If they missed one word they had to do it all over! These kids, at risk population, saw writing and reading as a punishment. They saw doing classwork and homework as a punishment. I was sent to detention for misbehaving in high school. I was only allowed to sit and stare into space for 90 minutes. I couldn't read, write, draw, talk, move, eat, use the bathroom. It worked for me. I was only late to school once in four years. I went to detention twice (once because I was ditching PE). If my teachers had me write lines I would think they were nuts. Words mean little if you don't know the whys or are not taught a behavior to replace the incorrect behavior. Writing lines, even repetitive rules doesn't change the behavior---in my experience. Just as arbitrary detention is not appropriate. At my HS if you were late, even by 10 seconds you got detention. The same kids were always late, (my HS had nearly 3,000 students), everyone knew which kids were late daily. I worked at an elementary school that fed into that HS. The school had the same arbitrary detention rule. The same kids were late daily. Kinder to fifth grade. They had three detentions a day. Morning, lunch recess, and afternoon recess. This did not deter these kids from being late. The punishment didn't treat the cause of the tardiness. If you want kids, especially teens, to write as punishment. Have them write a paragraph about why they broke your rule. Yes you will get smarty pants remarks, but you may also get some insightful responses too.