“There is now less flogging in our great schools than formerly, but then less is learned there; so that what the boys get at one end they lose at the other.” Samuel Johnson wrote that in 1775. I assume Mr. Johnson was a supporter of corporal punishment. The comment above gives proof, that there have been differences expressed regarding child-rearing styles for centuries; this is not a new subject. It sort of debunks the older generation when they say, “In my day, children could get spanked and the parents would not receive any heat for it!” I heard my grandfather scream those words before, while he watched the local news. There is much to say for corporal punishment – according to an article provided by CNN, research found, “Corporal punishment
There was a law in Massachusetts that stated, “If any children above sixteen years old and of sufficient understanding shall curse or smile at their natural father or mother, they shall be put to death.” (Bremner, 1970, p. 68) . Also, schoolmasters and mistress had the right to use corporal punishment as well. But in today society corporal punishment is no longer allowed and when there have been so many types of child abuse that children go through either by someone one close to them or a
During the 1900’s, corporal punishment was well known and often used to punish and teach children effectively. Philosophers like John Locke express insightful views about forcing a child to learn, rather than allowing the child to freely do so at his or her own pace. Imagine two children learning the same topic of mathematics. One child is introduced to mathematics through counting apples and pears and is allowed to eat the fruits afterwards, whereas the other child is forced to learn mathematics through textbooks with minimum visualization and finds no fun in doing so. The child who is counting through fruits is getting positive feedback because of his ability to quickly catch on and the child who is learning through a textbook is gaining negative feedback because of the complicated material that does not allow for him to grasp the concept or freely make mistakes. Forcing children to learn what they need to in order to keep up a standard level of education for each age group (like the textbook example) can negatively affect the child, their wellbeing, and their self-esteem. When a child is forced to learn unwillingly, he may grow resentful towards members of authority and fear failure, hindering his social skills. A balance between leading the child through encouragement towards the right direction and allowing him to explore his options will help the child to grow up happy and to create a positive impact on the current society.
In some culture corporal punishment is seen as to do with regaining honour, so children don’t take the act to heart as much as in western civilization, causing them to not have mental issues in the future The line between corporal punishment and abuse, is when there are physical marks left and/or the reasoning is excessive for the misbehaviour (3) The only benefit of corporal punishment is immediate obedience Those who were corporally punished are more likely to abuse their spouses and children than the average person Most cases of corporal punishment cause a rift between the child and parents, when the child is more mature
Thomas Eddlem is a longtime freelance writer and high school history teacher. His credentials as related to the topic of corporal punishment is that he is a parent to three children as well as a blogger. His stake in this issue is appropriately used corporal punishment is both effective and beneficial. Additionally, He discloses no noteable financial backing for his opinions. He aims this article at a universal/ friendly audience. His purpose is to persuade the audience to believe that corporal punishment, when used on toddlers, is the most effective means of discipline. He claims a ban
Living in the twenty-first century you rarely ever see someone spank their child or hear the word spank come out of a parent’s mouth. I see too many parents today that are too self-righteous to “spank” their children, because many people see spanking as form of abuse. Many parents in today’s world use more reasonable punishments for their misbehaving children. Some parents put their children in time-outs, deny them of their freedom, take toys away and ground them. I have seen parents use these methods because there are more reasonable ways of punishing their child for being disobedient. However, not everybody in today’s world uses these methods for punishing children; some parents use the act of spanking for punishment. Spanking was a popular punishment back in the 1900s, but is a very debatable topic in today’s society.
Subconsciously most adults tend to believe that the easiest way to deal with a disobedient child or person is to physically harm. This answer of violence more times than not stems from the anger a student caused in doing wrong. Justification for corporal punishment originates from the past and is often the defense of pro-corporal punishment advocates. Physical punishment can be traced back to ancient times exemplified in Egypt, concerning the slaves that built the pyramids, these deep roots of physical punishment are often referred to as a form of proof that it works. To use Egyptian violence as an example is pushing the envelope of what corporal punishment is today, however the reaction to that punishment is similar because human nature is present in both time periods. Punishment in and of itself is not inheritably detrimental to a person’s development, however in the case of school corporal punishment the extra violent input into a child can produce unintended violence later in life.
Despite there being support for some of the short and long-term benefits of corporal punishment, there is plenty of opposition to corporal punishment for a variety of reasons. Starting as early as the 1960s, corporal punishment has been said to be “unacceptably degrading punishment” (Lenta 2012: 692), “harsh discipline” (Mayer and Blome, 2013: 145) and psychologically distressing (McLloyd et. al 2007:166).
When considering the effectiveness of corporal punishment, it is important to take into consideration the effects that it has on whole populations rather than just one case. Jared Pingleton, a clinical psychologist and a minister writes in an article for Focus on the Family as an appeal for the necessity of corporal punishment, “Many parents today view themselves primarily as their child’s friend and recoil at the idea of administering discipline. Children, though, desperately need their parents’ love and affirmation as well as their authoritative guidance and correction”. (Pingleton, 2014) This way of thinking about discipline is very important regardless of whether corporal discipline is used, but the use of spanking is often the most immediately effective way of conveying this message. Pingleton suggests in his step by step guide to carrying out discipline that when a parent approaches spanking properly, it can create a lasting sense of love and respect between the parent and the child. Spanking is used around the world to influence child development, and although it has many positives, it is also necessary to examine its’ alternatives.
Corporal Punishment is legal in Britain; about half of country permits Corporal Punishment in prison, while the other half permits it in the school districts. In Britain, they use a tool called the birch; is a long rod, made out of bunches of twigs, and used to swat the buttocks of boy’s, which left cuts in the flesh. They also used the cat-o’-nine-tail whips, though it was not in use after the 1860’s. The rules that is set for Corporal Punishment is aimed for children who are at the age of sixteen and over. Parent, or parent figures, charged with using force that included wounding, causing grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm or cruelty of a person less than 16 years of age could use the defense of ‘reasonable chastisement’ (Hester, M., He, J., & Tian, L. 2009). What that means is that the parents have the right to use ‘reasonable chastisement’ if they are punishing their child for doing something bad. That rule follows as the men would beat up their wives to keep her from doing anything wrong, and remind her of what she has to do ‘serve the husband and the
In review of past practice, multiple texts here referred to parenting and discipline of children. Relatively void of a theology specific to children, the Christian faith interprets many scriptures in reference to discipline and sin. These all point toward abuses or misinterpretations of children that permeate history. In his work, Corporal Punishment in the Bible, William J. Webb (2011) writes extensively concerning corporal punishment. Relating to Christians who support spanking of children, this author vehemently opposes, however, biblical scholars who use scripture to advocate for these assertions. He addresses seven specific statements held by Christian parents in support of corporal punishment with children, which he claims both cling to a black and white interpretation of a theological mandate, while concurrently grasping outside of the Biblical
I shall outline the two differing arguments (pro-corporal and anti-corporal punishment) and conclude with the conditional corporal punishment which also reflect my own view, and which for me, is a neutral ground for both arguments to be
Corporal punishment in these days has been becoming a topic in many old timers talks. Many believe that it helps and is definitely the way to go. The older generations still seem to believe that society would be better off if kids still got punished the way they did. They refuse to ignore data that has not supported the clams they bring up about making children better behaved or as they call it “Straightening them up”. Many believe that our liberal democracy population has views that are not valid and that the old ways need to come back to help us grow.
The world has changed in many different ways, but there are still things that need to be changed for the better. Corporal punishment is one of those things. All around the world, corporal punishment is affecting children in many ways. It is described as a form of discipline that hurts a child in a way and is used both in homes and schools. It has been going on for years upon years and very few people try to stop it. People believe corporal punishment is good for children, but there have been so many negative outcomes that other people argue against it. Although some people believe that corporal punishment helps improve a child’s behavior, corporal punishment should not be used because it could be used excessively and it is ineffective.
Discipline is one of the basic things a child learns from his parents before he or she faces the outside world to learn more about life as a whole. Teaching this trait can depend on how the parent shows it to their child and how they explain the importance of having this trait both in and out of their homes. Misbehaving children cannot be avoided as they are curious little beings and they have a tendency to explore. But there are some parents, even teachers, who do not tolerate misbehaving and they resort to corporal punishments such as spanking to make sure the child never forgets how painful it is to misbehave as they will remember the punishment entailed to it and become more disciplined. However, not all children would understand the