Corporal Punishment

919 Words4 Pages
Corporal punishment is a very controversial topic that is being discussed amongst educators across the nation. Corporal punishment refers to any physical form of punishment, but in this case it refers to in schools. Currently there are many different terms used to label corporal punishment, for example, it has been called spanking, paddling, caning, lashing, popping, smacking, whipping or beating. Each term carries its own different meaning, but they all represents some form of corporal punishment.

Corporal punishment involves the deliberate infliction of pain upon a child, by an adult, as a result of the child's misbehavior or perceived misbehavior. It has been proven scientifically that the effects of it can be detrimental to the
…show more content…
Those methods are effective, and they teach children to resolve problems without resorting to violence. More than anything, corporal punishment is an ineffective means of discipline, because the same student are repeatedly the recipients of it. Corporal punishment does not teach the child appropriate behavior, but only brings forth undesirable behavior. Some youth wil learn from the example and demonstrate aggressive, harmful behavior themselves. Schools have a responsibility to model for and teach our youths methods of exerting authority and modifying behaviors that are constructive, humane, and provide opportunities for growth, and I do not believe corporal punishment helps do any of these.

In 1992, an examination of the evidence led Ohio's State Board of Education to adopt a resolution against corporal punishment. The Board urged the Ohio General Assembly to put into action a legislation consistent with the resolution. That following year, the same evidence caused the assembly to pass, and the Governor to sign, a law banning corporal punishment in public schools unless individual school districts take specific steps to retain it. Because in schools in those places have developed an effective alternative means of discipline, there should be no problem with Ohio changing. In fact, schools that have eliminated corporal punishment have reported many
Get Access