Is Corporal Punishment Effective? Essay

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Corporal Punishment

On a student’s cell phone, a teacher is caught hitting students with a thick stick. He continually hits everywhere from the students’ hips to the head harshly without a hesitation. This video is opened to the public by a student in the class posting it on the Internet. According to the other students, they were punished because they skipped class when the school inspectors came. All the people who looked at it on the Internet were surprised to see this kind of behavior. Recently, we’ve heard a lot on the media about punishment by teachers in school. Some people agree with the teacher’s power to punish, claiming that it is a part of education. However, contrary to this opinion, I disagree with corporal
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Hyman (1989) says its roots in the Old Testament trace to Proverbs (13:24), where Solomon urges that "He that spareth the rod hateth his son, he that loveth him, chasteneth him." Other Old Testament pronouncements include: Proverbs (23:13-14) "Withold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shall deliver him from hell." Or Proverbs (22:15) "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it from him" (p.163).
Though many people would argue that much of this is symbolic, this is good evidence that corporal punishment has been around for thousands of years. I partly agree that corporal punishment helps straighten out children’s bad behavior fast. When people are hit or feel some other sort of pain, they immediately stop the behavior because they don’t like the feeling of pain. It has immediate results. Let me give an example from Korea when physical punishment is used and has immediate results. When a young student starts smoking, teachers in Korea choose to give physical punishment to correct the student’s bad behavior. They know that making someone stop smoking is very difficult so they want to put an end to it as soon as possible. For this reason, they need strong discipline to make them stop smoking as quickly as possible. The student
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