Corporal Punishment in Schools
The lack of corporal punishment in the school system has caused an overwhelming concern for those parents who are witnessing their students become more involved with the wrong side of the tracks. Corporal punishment teaches children of all ages how to mind their manners toward authority figures. The word respect is earned through the punishments received from their elders. They learn there are consequences for their actions, no matter how big or small they may be. Respect is gained through the fearful acts of being disciplined by someone else other than their parents. Teachers were given permission to punish students as they sought fit. The mere thought of being disciplined with a force of violence, it kept them in line for the most part.
Corporal punishment is a form of punishment in which pain is purposely inflicted on a student as discipline. It is used in hopes of deterring the same behavior in the future. It involves methods such as spanking, hitting, slapping, i.e., using paddles or belts. Many teachers believe the lack of corporal punishment, decreases their control over the classroom. Also, it gives teachers an ease of mind ensuring they can protect themselves and the other classmates. On the other hand students suggest physical punishment increases aggression, isolated behavior, and decreases intellectual achievement. We need better understanding of the many ways using corporal punishment in schools affect human behavior, both positively by providing greater control over the classroom and their students, and negatively by impacting students’ academic achievement and long-term well-being.