A Debate on Corporal Punishment

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Corporal punishment is a very complex and controversial topic. It's hard to decide what is right and what is wrong when discussing how to discipline children. There are some people who are unfamiliar with the term corporal punishment and for you, I have provided a definition. It is the use of physical force with the intention of causing a child to experience pain, but not injury, for the purpose of correction or control of the child's behavior. I have had the opportunity to read several definitions for this type of punishment; however, I believe that Murray Straus summed it up the best with that definition. Corporal punishment is sometimes called spanking. The more common types of corporal punishment are spanking, grabbing or shoving, and hitting a child with objects such as a hair brush, belt, or paddle (Straus, 4-5). In the following paper, such things as who uses corporal punishment, the short term and long term effects of using this type of punishment, and possible solution or alternative methods will be discussed.

There are three forms of corporal punishmet that are commonly used, (1) corporal punishment in school, (2) judicial corporal punishment, and (3) domestic corporal punishment. Legal corporal punishment of school students for misbehavior involves hitting the student on their bottom or the palm of the hand with an inanimate object specially kept for that purpose such as a paddle, or with the open hand. This is not to be confused with cases where a teacher lashes out/loses control and physically assaults a student. Corporal punishment used to be prevalent in schools in many parts of the world, but in recent years it has been outlawed almost everywhere. After reading different information I found that some countries use judicial corporal punishment, including a number of former British territories such as Botswana, Malaysia, Singapore and Tanzania. In Malaysia and Singapore, for certain specified offences, males are routinely sentenced to caning in addition to a prison term. The Singaporean practice of caning became much discussed around the world in 1994 when American teenager Michael P. Fay was caned for vandalism. The main type of corporal punishment domestic corporal punishment of children, by their parents, is usually referred to as "spanking," or "whipping," In an increasing number of countries it has been outlawed. In some other countries, corporal punishment is legal, but restricted (e.g. blows to the head are outlawed and implements may not be used, and/or only children within a certain age range may be spanked). Corporal punishment is not only used in the homes, but in some school systems as well. To my surprise many people do in fact use corporal punishment in the home. Many people believe that when their child’s behavior becomes uncontrollable that the only way to regain order is to paddle the ones that are causing problems. In the Gallup Monthly Poll of 1000 randomly selected American parents, "Over half of the parents supported corporal punishment. Not realizing that corporal punishment is not a good way to discipline children many parents use it. It’s in the best interest of the child for the parent to find another way to discipline them because corporal punishment has many short and long term effects on the child. Corporal punishment increases the development of shame, guilt, and the feeling of helplessness in children. The many ways corporal punishment affects the child is the use aggressive behavior, dealing adult problems, physical damage, promotes the use of violence, and it instills fear in the child. The child shows aggressive behavior by being rebellious, resistant, and revengeful. They child would even have show aggression towards siblings, other children, and in their adult life their spouses and children. Some adult problems that is linked to corporal punishment is high levels of depression, psychological problems, and addictions. Some injuries that come from...
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