August 9, 2010
Corporal punishment is deliberate infliction of pain as retribution for an offence, or the purpose of disciplining or reforming a wrongdoer, or to defer attitudes or behavior deemed unacceptable. The term usually refers to methodically striking the offender with an implement, whether in judicial, domestic, or educational setting.
The history of corporal punishment
Corporal punishment within schools
Corporal punishment within the home
The history of corporal punishment in the early years it was unclear, that practice was recorded as early as 10th century BC and was certainly present in classical civilization, being used for both judicial and educational discipline. Later in the 19th century corporal punishment was reduced a consequence in the reduction of corporal punishment was due to two known cases of death do to corporal punishment which led to the opposition to punishment. And even into the 20th century some states corporal punishment is legal within schools and homes. In the UK corporal punishment has been abolished altogether, but in the U.S. it’s still legalized in several states (Chapman and Hall, London 1963, An essay on Nature and education pp. 34-35).
Corporal punishment thru out the years has always been a touchy situation with parents and...
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