The Pros And Cons Of Corporal Punishment

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Corporal punishment is “the use of physical force with the intention of causing a children pain, but not injury, for purpose of correction or control of the child’s behavior”(Straus and Donnelly, 1993). Spanking, slapping and rapping on the head are the examples of corporal punishment. Nowadays, physical punishment of children is still very common around the world. In some countries, it is even permissible in schools. It has been widely discussed in the general public for many years. Some people support that corporal punishment is a good way of education. They agree that it can develop children’s moral (Haack, 2014). At the same time, there is also a large number of people who blame that it is cruel and counterproductive for children’s development (Ma, 2012).This essay argues the potential long-term psychological health problem of corporal…show more content…
The quality of parenting style is very essential for children’s development. It will deeply and permanently affect children’s behaviors. In fact Haack (2014) suggest that corporal punishment helps to develop children’s moral. Children who come from strict family are more likely to be well mannered. However, there are some limitations and the result is not always be true. This statement is based on an assumption that parents can distinguish the right from wrong. Therefore, they can teach children discipline through administering punishment and setting strict rules. Parents can only use corporal punishment as means of discipline but not a way to release anger. Moreover, the article assumes that children are obedient to their parents. If teenagers are rebellious, it will be very difficult to correct their behaviors by using physical punishment. Such hypothesis weakens the argument of this study because of the assumptions. Therefore, the evidence claiming that corporal punishment helps to control children’s discipline does not seem to be strong
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