Whether or not corporal punishment should be used in schools has been a topic of debate for many years. Corporal punishment is a method of discipline in which an adult deliberately inflicts pain on a child as a form of punishment for bad behavior. In recent years, many schools have prohibited corporal punishment. However, there are several reasons why one might argue that corporal punishment should not be abolished in schools.
For instance, some people feel that corporal punishment is a more effective way to prevent unacceptable behavior than alternative forms of punishment like taking away a privilege. For example, let’s say a student uses bad language in class and the teacher punishes him them by taking away their recess. The student might not care about losing recess and continue using bad language. But if the child has to endure physical pain each time they use bad language, they might stop using it to protect himself. Some people also argue that corporal punishment should not be abolished because it is a quick form of punishment. Alternative punishments for bad behavior like make-up work, detention, suspension, and expulsion all take up more time and resources.
It is important to note that although one might use these arguments to support this side of the debate, research has shown that children who are punished with physical harm are more prone to aggression, attention problems, and mental health struggles like depression.