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Essay on Abolishing Corporal Punishment in the United States Schools

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Corporal punishment is a discipline method in which an administering adult inflicts pain upon a student (usually using a paddle) in response to a student's offensive behavior. Nowadays regulations have been created as to how many “swats” can be inflicted, by whom, and with what instrument. It is still used in many U.S. schools as a disciplinary method against disobedient or defiant students. Although corporal punishment is no longer tolerated in the military, prisons, or mental institutions, 21 states still allow corporal punishment in full or in part according to the U.S. Department of Education. Every year, more than 223,190 students are being subjected to this particular form of punishment in public schools, and a disproportionate…show more content…
Not only are such messages thought to be wrong themselves, but it is claimed that they are repeated by the children who are hit. In the short term, those who are physically punished are alleged to commit violence against other children, against teachers and against school property. As far as long-term effects are concerned, it is alleged that significant numbers of people who commit crimes were physically punished as children. It is these arguments that lie behind the saying "violence breeds violence."All forms of corporal punishment in schools must be banned given that all violence must be banned in schools and all corporal punishment influences violence in schools. (CS) Just because an official is promoting violence, instead of a student, does not make it okay.
Punishing a student with violence is taking the easy way out of the situation. It is like putting a Band-Aid over a cut for the quick and easy fix. It may be a way to create an immediate response, but it is inhumane and for lack of a better word, lazy. So this leaves us with a choice; either we continue taking the “quick fix”, or we take action by permanently abolishing corporal punishment. No one wants to treat children, the future of our country, with just a quick fix that ca hurt them in the long run .(DS) So we need to confront the problem head on by taking action and finding other means of punishment.
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