Corporal Punishment against children Imagine this: sitting in class and having to ask for a pencil because you forgot yours, then being smacked with a paddle or ruler because you forgot a classroom necessity. Or asking your parents “why?’’ and being smacked forcefully because you were “ talking back” to them. this is what corporal punishment is and children around the United States face these situations every day.
Corporal Punishment is a form of physical punishment involving the deliberate infliction of pain for disciplining or reforming a wrongdoer, as retribution for an offense, or to correct any forms of attitude and behaviors that are deemed unacceptable. There are two forms of Corporal Punishment, domestic and school. In the states that allow school corporal punishment, poor students, minorities, disabled children, and boys are hit at a rate of almost 25 times more often than the other students. In 2008, a 15 year old autistic boy was repeatedly beaten in his Florida school. 53.4% of pediatricians are generally opposed to parents using corporal punishment in the home, but not to an occasional spanking. 31.4% of pediatricians were completely opposed to corporal punishment no matter what the circumstances are. Corporal Punishment, in both the home and school, should be illegal in every state. School corporal punishment is the punishment of students for misbehaviour by an administrator. Twenty states still allow corporal punishment in schools. Of the thirty states that do not allow it, only two include private schools. Corporal Punishment is not permitted in the military, mental institutions, and prisons; but can be used in schools.
Physical force is allowed to be used against children, but not allowed to be used against adults. As a disciplinary measure, spanking and slapping a student takes no
part in their curriculum and therefore has no place in the classroom. Hitting a child gives power to the theory that violence is the key to getting what you want. Children will become afraid of going to school and will associate learning with beatings. Also, academic achievement is less likely in students who are victims of school corporal punishment. Domestic or parental corporal punishment is the physical punishment of children by their parents or guardians. Corporal punishment is equivalent to violence and can by definition be called abuse. Research studies have proven that timeouts have been more effective in fixing behavioural issues with children than when a parent uses physical force. Researchers say that corporal punishments does the opposite of its objective because it leads a child to not obey an adult simply because they can no longer trust them. The use of domestic corporal punishment deteriorates the trust and relationship between a parent and their child. Children who are subjected to corporal punishment at a young age, whether it is