Should Corporal Punishment be re-introduced into schools?

Essay by EffieHigh School, 12th grade April 2004

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In discussing whether Corporal Punishment should not be re-instated in schools it is important to discuss reasons why. These reasons include the law against inflicting pain towards others and the outcome of doing so.

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.

In terms of the law, 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 second-rate 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 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...