Is corporal punishment effective? Think, a seven year old boy returns home from school, throws his backpack on the floor, and immediately rushes to his room to play his favorite videotape. He seems to forget his parent's rule about finishing all homework before playing. But then the boy's father walks by and snaps his belt. The boy knows what this meaner, because he has been getting spanked since he was only 2 years old. He drops his video game, and sits down to do his homework. The problem is solved, right?
It may seem this way on the surface, but what physiological damage is brewing in this child that could aunt him for the rest of his life? Corporal punishment has remained an extremely controversial topic for many years. To spank or not to spank? This is the moral conflict that many parent's and even school administrators are faced with. People's opinions greatly vary. Some believe that it is perfectly fine to use as a disciplinary method, others believe that is alright to threaten to use it but rarely actually follow through with it, and others believe that it is absolutely wrong to use corporal punishment for any reason at any time.
As for me, I believe no parent should discipline their children n this manner because it is no effective. It can inflict physical pain, fails to teach them any type of positive lesson and also leads to psychological and emotional difficulties. Firstly, it inflicts physical damage to the child. Some people fail to realize that even the softest paddle can cause injuries to a child. Blows to the lower end of the spinal column, send shock waves up the spine. This can result in lower back pain in adulthood, or even cause the child to become paralyzed.
There have even been reported deaths caused by spanking, due to an undiagnosed medical condition. The actual physical damage inflicted via corporal punishment on children can be horrifying. Examples can be found of students needing treatment for broken arms, nerve and muscle damage, and cerebral hemorrhage. Spanking of the buttocks can cause damage to the sciatic nerve and therefore the leg to which it leads. Therefore, corporal punishment is not an effective way to punish children as it can be fatal.
Secondly, it can lead to several psychological and emotional difficulties in the child that can follow them into adulthood. It can drastically damage the relationship teen the adult and child. It is not human nature to feel loving towards someone that hurts us. Children often begin to fear an adult that uses physical methods to punish them, and will likely lose all trust in the adult. This fear may be successful in getting the child to behave properly for a while, but this is only a superficial act on the child's part.
Once the child is old enough to resist, it can cause even worse behavior and unhappiness on the entire family. Research shows that physical punishment is associated with increases in felony, antisocial behavior, and aggression in children, and decreases in the quality of the parent-child relationship and children's mental health. Adults who have been subjected to physical punishment as children are more likely to abuse their own child or spouse and to manifest criminal behavior.
Thus corporal punishments are not effective because the children will end up with psychological and emotional problems when they grow up. However, corporal punishment is a good tool for disciplining unruly children. Regardless AT want ten experts preacher, ten unleaded Tact Is ten 'unconcealed' practice of whipping children produced more civilized young people. Youngsters didn't direct foul language to, or use it in the presence of, teachers and other adults. In that 'uncivilized' era, assaulting a teacher or adult never would have crossed our minds.
Today, foul language and assaults against teachers are routine in many schools. For some kinds of criminal behavior, I think we'd benefit from having punishment along the lines of Singapore caning as a part of our Judicial system. Yet again, corporal punishment fails to teach the child any type of positive lesson. The child will often understand that the adult is angry, but not understand why. This can cause a lot of confusion for young children. The child will most likely begin feeling ashamed, angry, and revengeful.
He will not be thinking about what he did wrong, or how to prevent the problem from happening again. Sitting down and talking to the child about what they did wrong, and working together to come up with a solution would be far more effective. Research shows that Grade 1 children in the non- punitive school scored significantly higher than those in the punitive school. These results are consistent with research findings that punitive discipline may make hillier immediately compliant but may reduce the likelihood that they will internalize rules and standards.
That, in turn, may result in lower self-control as children get older. Hence this demonstrates that corporal punishment does not teach children how to behave or learn from their mistakes. Therefore, I strongly discourage for parent's to punish their children through corporal methods. They should think of the consequences that Vive pointed out - inflicting physical pain to children, leads to psychological and emotional difficulties as well as it fails to teach the children any type of positive lesson.