Don't Make Me Count or Else!
Almost every child has heard the quote: " Don't make me count or else," or at least a similar threat. Throughout the US and other countries, the use of corporal punishment has been a common and integrated part of rearing children; however, the topic has collided into a highly heated debate about the effectiveness. How effective is corporal punishment in our society today? Corporal Punishment is defined as "an act by a parent or other caretaker, which is intended to cause physical pain, but not injury, for purposes of correction or control" (Straus). Many may argue that spanking is a practice that is accepted in our society. What worked in the past should work now. In fact, corporal punishment leads to many psychological and behavioral problems later on in life, which include, but are not limited to, aggression, anxiety, and alcohol and drug use.
Today many people question the effectiveness of corporal punishment and whether or not to practice this age-old act. Up until the late nineteenth century when the Emancipation Proclamation was enacted, slave owners could whip their slaves as punishment, and then the same slave owner could come home and beat his wife with either little or no recourse. Surprisingly, "the public could commit violence against people found guilty and held captive in a pillory. This was abolished in most US states in 1839; in 1905. Delaware was the last state to eliminate stocks"(Religious Tolerance). Looking at these examples, much of corporal punishment has come to a narrowing end, all except that of corporal punishment used against children. Even so, "the use of violence against students in US public schools dropped from 1.4 million students in 1981
to 500,000 in 1991. 27 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico currently (1999-AUG)...