Effective disciple assists the children in controlling their behaviours to ensure that they act according to what is considered right or wrong not because of punishment fear. Disciplining the child means teaching them responsible behaviours and self-control; therefore, through appropriate and consistent means, children would learn about the consequences while taking the responsibility of their actions. The ultimate aim of punishment is to encourage children to manage their feelings and behaviour, which is referred to as self-monitoring (Debate Wise, 2016). In addition, at its best, discipline tends to reward children for the right behaviour through discouraging inappropriate activities. To some extent, parents believe that discipline means physical punishment including hitting and smacking. Since memorial and even in the current century, parents still slap and whack children on the hand and across the bottom respectively. In fact, smacking as a form of discipline still thrives majorly within the developing countries and some developed countries. For example, in Australia, statistics reveal that 69% of parents smack their kids.
Corporal punishment teaches the child not to behave badly again. As of 2008, corporal punishment had been banned in many countries including Germany, Greece, and Netherlands. However, since the ban, there have been increments in the number illegal activities and bad behaviours among children. A survey undertaken by the Times Education revealed that one in five classroom behaviours had deteriorated upon abolishment of the corporal punishment. However, most of the questioned participants believed that education would improve if there were re-introduction of corporal punishment. For most parents, there have increased frustrations and fear as discipline continue to decline within the society (Learning-Knowledge, 2016). Children are growing without corporal watchful eye-time outs and people need to learn from such experiences. In addition, there have been increased crime levels.
It is inevitable that bad classroom life would filter into outside life. In countries like UK, there have been increased crime rates of crime since the abolishment of corporal punishment, which reflects the significance of the practice. Additionally, banning of the corporal punishment does not relate to the propaganda that portrays a more convincing argument that led to the reintroduction of corporal punishment since the country has clearly documented crime statistics before and after the abolishment of corporal punishments among children (Better Health, 2016). Consequently, opposing the argument leads to contradiction. It is impossible to refute that abolishment of corporal punishment has not been able to contribute to increment in crime as children continue to repeat similar mistake over and over and carry them to their adulthood. Besides, one cannot realistically argue that corporal punishment has not been successful in instilling discipline among the children considering that it has been in use for thousands of years. For all this time, the practice has been able to work and managed in creating fairly decent and responsible children without traumatizing them in any way.
According to the opponents of the practice, corporal punishment is not discipline, what the child has been undergoing is physical abuse. In most cases, there have been association of the practice with aggression, substance abuse, and violence, as most victims of the corporal punishment seem to lash out and repeat such abuse, as they do not know any better. Generally, the opponents argue that corporal punishment makes children go through physical abuse and teaches the use of physical violence. According to the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), corporal punishment increases crime. The report revealed that the more children are spanked, the more they become angry at adult age and likely to spank their children. Moreover, these activities set probability of approving hitting of spouse and marital conflicts among the adults. However, it is important to note as well punishing also hides bad behaviours that await opportunity at adulthood which require dealing with at tender ages. Physical punishment is part of human being’s heritage. Even those considered the most kind-hearted people, whenever influenced by such dogmatic beliefs, they consider saying that modern kids are mollycoddled. Since the inception, the institutions such as schools had accepted physical punishment.
Furthermore, the opponents also view physical punishment as practice that only that will not teach them anything but hate. Punishing children through corporal measures make them think that it is the best way of correcting bad behaviours; therefore, they are likely to transfer such behaviours within the marriage context. The opponents also cite that it is important that children understand the reason behind their punishments to prevent growing with hatred. However, it is also important to note that as children grow, they tend to understand some of the reasons behind their punishments. In school, the teachers in controlling children have used physical punishments. Currently, even though physical punishments are no longer used as states enact laws to prevent the practice, there have been ingrained people feeling that there is need to reintroduce physical punishments. The punishments points to the bad behaviour of the children. It is assumed that lack of punishment is the major cause of what is considered “kids run wild” and reintroducing the physical punishment might assist in fixing the problem.
Personally, I think corporal punishment among the children is wrong considering that it could damage children: internally, externally, and emotionally. As a result, they would have scars, transfer such punishments to marriages, and hit couples. To some extent, physically abused children could develop mental disability resulting from beatings leading to disruption of their normal lives.
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Debate Wise. “Corporal Punishment should be reintroduced – DebateWise.” 2016, debatewise.org/debates/547-corporal-punishment-should-be-reintroduced/. Accessed 7 Dec. 2016.
Learning-Knowledge. “Punishment.” 2016, www.learning-knowledge.com/punishment.html. Accessed 7 Dec. 2016.