Corporal Punishment in Schools Should Be Abolished

1125 Words Oct 23rd, 2012 5 Pages
Corporal punishment in schools should be abolished

Corporal punishment has been used in schools as a way of handling disciplinary problems. It refers to school rules which allow students to be punished using physical pain without causing injury. It is believed that using punitive method can promote students’ obedience and reduce problematic behaviour. As a result, it can decrease the number of disciplinary cases and maintain order inside the classroom. Indirectly, it will help to build students’ discipline. Thus, teachers can focus on teaching the students. However, I believe that corporal punishment will bring more harm than benefits. Therefore, the practice of corporal punishment in schools should be abolished.
The first reason why
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This is because they will feel humiliated and their reputation among other students will be affected. Most of the students are still in the stage where their peers’ perceptions influence them. They need to feel good about themselves. Other students will perceive those who being punished as problematic students and they will think twice when they want to approach these problematic students. The situation where they are often being neglected can affect their self-esteem and confidence. Some of the students will also feel insecure when they are in schools. They will develop anxiety symptoms because they are too afraid of being punished. The case of my neighbour’s son is one fine example. He is too afraid of going to school as he has witnessed many of his friends being punished by their teacher. He is such a good boy and it is almost impossible to see him misbehave. However, witnessing his own friends being punished has given a great impact to him. When he is in school, he can’t focus in his class because he’s afraid of the teacher. This implies that young children can have some kind of ‘traumatic effect’ when they observed unpleasant stimulus being performed. These psychological effects will lead to low achievement among punished students as well as those who witnessed the punishment.
The worst thing that can happen to students is that such aversive punishment will increase students’ aggressive behaviour. Using
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