I believe that corporal punishment should not be re-instated in schools for many reasons. In the following essay I will give those reasons and explain why others are incorrect. There is a law about inflicting pain on others, and it is there for a reason. This is because it degrades the person being hit, it makes them feel lesser, more inferior than the person that is hitting them. If you go up to someone in the street and hit them, the police can charge you with assault. Things should not be any different in schools.
You would just be allowing licensed assault. It is the wrong way, in my opinion, to enforce order. I think that consent, and the respect that pupils have for teachers should enforce order. The teacher out of good teaching should earn this respect, not because the pupil is scared of him or her.
Order should be enforced by a persons free will to want to do something, not out of the fear of being hit. Look at Nazi Germany and how they turned out, they are not ruling Europe now are they This has been demonstrated world-wide, with fascist dictatorships and order enforced by threat of death always failing. The best, and I think only way to enforce order properly is through a persons want to do the correct thing. Corporal punishment would undermine this greatly. Should not the punishment fit the crime If you forget your schoolbook, it is a little unfair to be hit for it.
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By doing this you are blowing the wrongdoing out of proportion. The child could do much worse things than. Detention is a much better idea, as the child is paying for what they have done, and they are learning something at the same time. If corporal punishment is administered to a child, it will affect the schoolwork produced by that child and those around him or her. They will all be afraid of when they will get their next beating and therefore they will never be concentrating on the lesson properly. They will be in constant fear all the time; this is not the correct way to bring up a child.
Following on from this point, a child who goes to school expecting to be beaten, will very soon decide that it may be in their best interests not to go to school. This means truancy, and others will copy it. Therefore the child will not be properly educated and it will affect his or her job prospects in the future. If this happens to many children it will affect the whole of modern day society, causing a collapse in the economy and an increase in the level of crime. People may see corporal punishment as a good deterrent, but in some cases it can do quite the opposite. In fact one theory holds that severe corporal punishment can lead to an increase in the likelihood of further crimes.
Also if the child is beaten by their teacher, who some may see as a role model. It will not only degrade that childs picture of their role model, but the child may then think it alright to do the same to others, this means that there will be more scenes of violence inside and outside of school. It has been proved that if corporal punishment is inflicted harshly on a child that it can lead to severe mental and physical damage. This is far from the point of a child going to school for. A child goes to school to be educated; it should not be the schools job to discipline the child. That should be done at home in a method decided by the childs parents.
It is not that bringing back corporal punishment would be a bad idea, if it had been put forward ten years ago, but times have drastically changed and society could not cope with it being brought back now. The only reason that all these previously stated points exist is because things are seen so much differently now than they were all that time ago. It is just too late to bring it back.
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