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Implementation of corporal punishment

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Started: 3/11/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 11 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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bav92

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Children are a blank canvas imprinted with the influence of the enviroment which they are submerged. Unable to distinguish between right and wrong, it is our duty as adults to guide them into learning these distinctions. This is often practiced through the positive reinforcement of legal, ethical and respectful behaviour and the negative reinforcement of illegal, unethical and disrespectful behaviour. With this duty comes great responsibility, as a result there has been much controversy as to how children should be disciplined. Corporal punishment has been an effective means of negative re-inforcement of bad behaviour. A survey in the Time Educational Support of 6000 teachers highlighted that 1 in 5 have noted a significant deterioration in the behaviour of children since the abolishment of corporal punishment in 1997. Such a deterioration can be attributed to the fact that other means of discipline that have supplemented corporal punishment have proven to be ineffective. If misbehaviour is not controlled in a classroom setting, the risk of it translating to outside the classroom and integrating into the behaviour of society increases. Such a trend can be seen in the 67% increase in crime rates since the abolishment of corporal punishment.
sapere_aude

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Through out most of history adults have tried to correct the behavior of children and others through corporal punishment. Spare the rod and spoil the child people say. However studies have shown that
"physical punishment " including spanking, hitting and other means of causing pain " can lead to increased aggression, antisocial behavior, physical injury and mental health problems for children."[1]
Corporal punishment cause children to be frightened rather than teaching them how and why to be good. It demands an immediate obedience and to not question authority. It can also teach children that violence and threats are the answer to solving problems. Parents are suppose to be teachers and loving not totalitarian. We often find with corporal punishment that going over the line is far to easy. According to the office of civil rights in 2007 nearly 10% of cases involving corporal punishment in schools resulted in a need for medical attention. The legalizing of corporal punishment also blurs the lines of discipline and abuse. Children who are hit are far more likely to become hitters themselves. It has been found that nearly half of students who receive corporal punishment in school develop educational induced post traumatic stress disorder (EIPTSD)[2]. Which can have similar symptoms to PTSD. Corporal punishment can even increase a child's risk of mental illness. [3] It's cause children to be afraid and traumatized and even lowers parents in that they have to be aggressive towards their children. Even when using it the bad behavior may stop but the child will likely be up set, cry, be angry or even lass out because of the discipline in rebellion.Corporal punishment is in no way a harmless form of discipline or any where near the best way to teach children to be good. Violence is not a good teacher of peace. Corporal punishment is more likely to increase crime than decrease it. It cause children to be more aggressive and violent and increase crime. "There are regions of this country (particularly the Evangelical south) where the practice of corporal punishment is culturally more accepted. Those are the same places where rates of crime, gun ownership and incarceration are highest, the Economist notes."[4] If corporal punishment is not used, as long as some form of manners and morals is taught the behavior of the child should be expectable to social standards. Other forms of discipline such as taking away things they want such as ice cream, tv or play time are far more affective ways of improving behavior. Also giving rewards for good behavior is beneficial. Taking the time to explain to the child what they did wrong and why it was bad and what the right thing to do is a far better lesson in not only how to be good but how to solve problems with others when they arise. What causes kids to rude or bad citizens or workers is more a complete lack of any discipline at all. A lot of parents tend to think that corporal punishment is the only type of discipline there is to correct behavior. This is simply not to true. With effect and learning parents can bring up healthy respectful children.

(1) http://www.apa.org...
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http://digital.library.unt.edu...
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http://healthland.time.com...
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http://m.huffpost.com...
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Posted by sapere_aude 11 months ago
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I just want to clarify, are we talking corporal punishment in general or are we specifically talking corporal punishment in the united states.
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