Say No To Corporal Punishment

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Don’t learn about physical punishment the hard way. Physical punishment, or corporal punishment is child abuse, because it is injustice to children.

There’s no other explanation. From The New York Times, the article, “Schools Under Pressure to Spare the Rod Forever”, by Dan Frosch, it states that a student going to 11th grade at Wichita Falls, Tyler Anastopoulos, skipped detention and was swatted with a paddle three times, so hard that they caused deep bruises and he had to go to the hospital! With such an experience, he would probably want to quit school, or worse, seek revenge on the teacher who physically punished him. According to the article,” The Teenagers’ Civil Rights Timeline”, from Leading Issues Timelines,  corporal punishment happens in about 21 states in the US, especially in the Southern states, even Texas, and yet, people are still unaware of it.

Why do some people accept corporal punishment? Because they think it disciplines kids more than if they just try to talk it out. Sure, it might be true for some kids- they might learn the consequences of their wrongdoings. Sure, many kids might not repeat their mistakes. But if the kids are physically punished, and they don’t even know what or why they were wrong, how will they learn from their mistakes? How will they accept their wrongdoings and make a decision by themselves, to change, for the sake taking the responsibility of covering up for their own mistakes? In order for someone to truly understand what they have done wrong, they have to realize it themselves in their heart.

If kids are physically punished, the next time they repeat a mistake, they will be haunted by what punishment they will dwell in. If a child accepts their mistake and knows what they did wrong and is willing to change themselves, that is a lesson in life. To do something wrong, you have to know what’s right. And a child won’t learn what’s right if they are harshly mistreated for their mistakes.

We, as a nation, can ban corporal punishment once and for all, for the sake of caring about human values. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. It is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.” This meaningful quote means that nonviolence is powerful. To respect Martin Luther King Jr.’s words,we can encourage people to talk things out with children, rather than corporally punishing them.

Physical punishment is abuse, and it’s injustice to children. Is it fair to physically punish children for their mistakes and and prevent them from finding  out why they were wrong, or is it better to help them improve themselves? We need to help them realize their wrongdoings, not by corporally punishing them, but by talking them through what they could have done, so they can see what they should have done- set an example for others and become responsible adults in the future. It’s time to bring change to our nation, get rid of the old ways, and spread sunshine through the shadows, because nothing can stay hidden in the darkness- it has to face the light someday.

— written by Nivrithi K.

 Works Cited

Hanes, Stephanie. “To Spank or Not to Spank: Corporal Punishment in the US.” Christian Science Monitor. 19 Oct. 2014: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 03 Mar. 2015.

ProQuest Staff. “Teenagers’ Civil Rights Timeline.” Leading Issues Timelines. 2015: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 03 Mar. 2015.

“School Paddling Still Stirs Debate –” 2011. 3 Mar. 2015


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