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Pros and cons of physical punishment

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Anna Bondareva

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Pros and cons of Physical Punishment. Pros: Cons: Parent-Child Relationship Cognitive Impact: Corporal punishment is a last resort There is a difference between corporal punishment and child abuse. Corporal punishment is an issue for national not international law. Corporal punishment doesn't help discipline children. Corporal punishment can cause serious physical damage Mental and Emotional Impact Cons: A young child may learn that the adult is displeased, but not why. Spanking will cause a state of extreme distress and confusion which makes it less likely they will understand what they did wrong. Psychologist H. Stephen Glenn said "Corporal punishment is the least effective method [of discipline]. It reinforces rebellion, resistance, revenge and resentment. And, what people who spank children will learn is that it teaches more about you than it does about them that the whole goal is to crush the child. It's not dignified, and it's not respectful." The actual physical damage can be horrifying. Examples can be found of students needing treatment for broken arms, nerve and muscle damage. Spanking of the buttocks can cause damage to the sciatic nerve and therefore the leg to which it leads. Corporal punishment is designed to punish specific acts of significant misbehavior. It is unreasonable act of violence. Child abuse, on the contrary, is the unjustified and unreasoned beating of children. The act of child-abuse is not meant to punish a child, but is happens without thought of the general welfare of a child. The intention of corporal punishment, on the contrary, is meant to discipline a child in a way that is necessary to their future. It is in the child's best interest, whereas child-abuse is clearly not. Ken Gallinger. "Ethically Speaking". Toronto Star: "Spanking is an act of violence, so ethically, it could be justified only if there was absolutely no other way to improve the way kids act."[8] Children lose trust in the adults who administer the beating; they learn that force is an acceptable factor in human interaction; and they build up resentment that cannot be resolved at the time but may lead to severe misbehavior in the future. 1. Debate: Corporal Punishment of children
http://dbp.idebate.org/en/index.php/Debate:_Corporal_punishment_of_children
2. The Effects of corporal punishment on children, by David Ferris, eHow Contributor
http://www.ehow.com/info_8147182_effects-corporal-punishment-children.html#ixzz2Pu1BWjdT I think that if a parent needs to resolve to using physical punishment in order to discipline a child, then they've failed the child.
Corporal Punishment teaches kids nothing, but that an adult in power could use force against them, just because there are bigger and stronger.
There is a full scope of effective non-physical ways to discipline a child, which are much kinder and more effective. Corporal punishment is an issue that is sensitive to individual cultures in different countries around the world. For this reason, it is wrong to apply international law at the expense of national law. Each nation must make this judgement based on public feelings regarding the practice, as this is one of the more important elements in whether it can be acceptable or not. Better ways exist; corporal punishment is a lazy way There are always ways to discipline children like a guidance that do not involve violence. Resorting to violence is the lazy way out for parent or teachers.
Corporal punishment may also negatively affect a child's cognitive development. Verbal, rather than physical, punishment has been shown to be more cognitively stimulating. One Wisconsin study revealed a connection between academic performance and corporal punishment. Children who were punished physically were less likely to perform well in school and more likely to have classroom disciplinary problems. Anna Bondareva
Laurie Smith
Mod 13-14 My opinion:
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