Corporal Punishment



Corporalpunishment has garnered significant debate as to its effectivenessand applicability in the 21st century in support of educatingchildren. Arguably, proponents of corporal punishment argue that itoffers a sign that the children’s unpleasant behavior often resultsin negative consequences. Contrariwise, the damage imposed on thechildren outweighs its potential benefits given that emotional painis not easily recoverable. Evidently, growing up is a learningprocess where different anxieties and curiosities call for effectivedecision making (Jones). In making these decisions, however,tendencies to fully make right choices are not easily realizable.More often than not, mistakes are made highlighting the importanceof parents and educators in a child’s growth. While the guidingprocess may entail advising and counseling or offering reasonablelevels of negative reinforcement to unwanted behavior, unfortunately,in some cases corporal punishment is issued. Consequently, strongarguments have ensued on what is deemed as effective in discipliningor correcting unpleasant behavior. Both pro corporal punishment andanti corporal punishment have reasonable ideas supporting theirdirection of choice with respect to this issue. However, with expertsin child development scrutinizing the emotional effects of corporalpunishment questions are raised as to whether this form of correctionis an effective behavior shaper. Psychologists argue that corporalpunishment has long term emotional damage to the children and in mostcases fails in directly addressing the mistake to be corrected(Mortorano Schrock p. 482). Furthermore, it may instill violenttraits in the children (Simons p. 640). In extreme cases, corporalpunishment has caused permanent injuries and even deaths. Moreover,psychologists observe that there are instances when corporalpunishment may unconsciously develop into child abuse (Juby p. 520).Contrariwise, the proponets of corporal punishment encourage themethod arguing that it has immediate effects on addressing behavior(Hicks-Pass p. 79). Conclusively, whichever dimension one chooses toview corporal punishment it is evident that the disadvantagesoutweigh the advantages of the techniques as a tool for behavioralcorrection, thus, a failing education approach. As such, corporalpunishment has no place in the contemporary society since it does notenhance the correctional and rehabilitation process for children.


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