Corporal Punishment in Schools

BLAKE BARON

Opinion Editor

A charter school in Georgia is reinstating corporal punishment, with parental consent. This launched a nationwide debate about abuse and discipline. Corporal punishment is physical punishment meant to hurt someone, done usually in school, although not anymore, and by parents at home. It was outlawed by most states in public schools before the turn of the century, but most states allow it in private institutions. Most Americans are in favor of banning it, however it could have some positive bonuses.

“It definitely teaches kids how to behave and act, and not be annoying and a nuisance,” said senior Duncan Fritz. “A few little slaps never hurt anyone.”

Corporal punishment teaches kids discipline, and how to act at home and outside of school. If kids are afraid of a beating, then they will not act up, in fear they will be paddled. It may not be the most moral way to teach strict discipline, but nevertheless, it works.

“That kind of punishment can go either way,” said senior Daniel Para. “You can’t really say if it would be good for all kids, because it probably wouldn’t.”

The major problem with the practice is that it can cause anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health issues. Although this is clearly bad, it does not happen to all kids, in fact, most children that endured this form of punishment turned out perfectly fine, polite, and respectable.

“I think that there is a fine line between abuse and punishment,” said senior Ishaan Karandikar. “It can be beneficial if it is very limited, but if a kid is constantly being hit by a ruler for no good reason, it can cause lots of problems.”

It is hard to say whether or not reinstating corporal punishment would be good for younger children. It certainly has both positive and negative benefits to it, and it should really be up to the parents of the child if they want to allow this form of punishment.

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