Corporal punishment is an offensive act in terms of physical torture. Yet, there are still some schools that are practicing it. In my view, corporal punishment can not be a proper way to discipline children. Punishing children in schools may lead to resentment and fear against teachers and also they may become misfit later in the society.
First, it should be noticed that children at school age are sensitive and impressionable. Corporal punishment in the form of spanking, hitting, pinching and slapping would have negative influence on children. Those schools that exert physical punishment will cause physical harm on them. In this case, some reports can still be seen in newspapers. Therefore, children will resent their teachers and become disrespectful toward them. They may loss their motivation to pursue their education as a result of this negative impact. Therefore, corporal punishment will lead to a deplorable result among youths.
Also, teachers, as a role model, play an important role on children’s behavior. Punishing children in front of their classmates is humiliating and will lead to some psychological complications. They may become aggressive or depressed and engage in bad reactions such as vandalism or committing suicide. However, schools can practice moderate punishment not in the form of physical torture to encourage children to behave in a right way.
In conclusion, since education system has a fundamental role on forming children’s characteristics, it is essential to consider how this system should act. According to the reasons cited above, it seems that corporal punishment does not really work as intended. Nevertheless, rabbit and stick policy would be a beneficial act to discipline children. Though, since many schools have abandoned this trend during last decade, we can be optimistic that in future there will be no schools to exert it.
Corporal punishment is the act of using physical force to punish a student for wrongdoing. It might involve a ruler across the back of the hand or a cane to the rear. Corporal punishment has since been outlawed as a cruel and unusual punishment. In this essay, I explore the for and against of implementing corporal punishment within education.
One reason to bring back corporal punishment is to give power back to teachers again. Teaching staff often struggle to chastise students because current punishments have no intimidation power. If they have no power to intimidate students, there’s nothing to fear and no deterrent. A lack of corporal punishment leaves teachers powerless to prevent bad behavior.
On the other hand, corporal punishment often causes injuries and trauma unnecessarily. Many acts of corporal punishment leave visible marks and bruises. The mental anguish, particularly for vulnerable students, can last a lifetime. This doesn’t have the effect of dealing with bad behavior. It can lead directly to lifelong mental problems.
There are also studies showing corporal punishment has no effect on bad behavior. They demonstrate the behavior altering effects is actually trauma coming to the surface. This can cause chronic low confidence and low self-esteem.
Corporal punishment is a viable alternative to suspension. Children often don’t enjoy school. A suspension from school can send out the message it’s a reward rather than a punishment. Using corporal punishment keeps students in school and punishes them, therefore making it clear it isn’t a reward.
There’s always the risk of it leading to abuse in the classroom, however. Teachers do differ in how hard they hit a student. There’s a difference between a 100-pound female teacher and a 250-pound male teacher delivering corporal punishment. This leads to an uneven system whereby the severity of the punishment largely revolves around luck. It’s unfair on students and only makes abuse by teachers more likely.
When a student is punished severely, parents often have to leave work to collect them and take them home again. It disrupts the school schedule and the parent’s schedule. Constant call-outs could lead to a parent losing their job for being unreliable. It can cause a great deal of damage to a family. Corporal punishment stops this from happening because it places the trust in the hands of the teachers.
Putting trust in teachers isn’t something everyone is willing to do, however. Sexual abuse is a major topic in schools and parents are rightly worried about the chances of this abuse manifesting itself. Abuse comes in many different forms. A male teacher could touch a female student on the breast and claim he was meant to touch her on the shoulder. All corporal punishment does is increase the likelihood of sexual abuse occurring.
These are the main arguments for and against corporal punishment. They discuss the practical aspects and the potential flaws of the system. I believe corporal punishment is a flawed system and there are superior alternatives to discipline, such as expulsion and community service. They offer up a punishment without the abuse.