Corporal Punishment

Whenever political rallies, television talk shows or magazine articles focus on the theme of living as an adult in today's world, there are always several of the same themes that are brought up in each. Morals respect and basic human rights are prime examples. Unfortunately, all three are not fully considered when we talk about another issue – corporal punishment. Because, as it stands, the values that adults employ when dealing with each other are not the same as those they hold when children are involved.
The issue was raised most recently when several members of the Christian Church asked for the return of corporal punishment, claiming that the ban violates parents' rights to discipline their children. To this, I have only one response – if every parent had an open relationship with their child, schools would not even have to consider such actions.
A decision of this magnitude should, in my opinion, be viewed from a psychological viewpoint rather than a religious one. Thefirst ten years of a child's life are the foundations the rest of their judgement is built upon. That goes a long way to explaining why, in today's society, violence has become a reinforced lifestyle.
The effects themselves are not something any parent would want to associate with their child – very often corporal punishment is seen by the child as recognition for the bad deed. That is one common occurrence. The other involves children who are subjected to corporal punishment being seen as inferior by their peers. Low self-esteem is a scar that humiliation and embarrassment imprint. The child is only punished for their deed once, but the results stay with them for a lifetime.
My definition of a school is a place of learning. My definition of learning does not include fear and humiliation. I know of very few adults who would be able to live with a threat like corporal punishment hanging over th

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