Corporal punishment entails taking physical disciplinary actions suchas caning. It is applied both in schools as well as at home. Thesupporters of the debate claim that it is an effective method ofstopping of undesirable behaviours such as bullying in academicinstitutions. Furthermore, it can adequately deter deterioration ofstudents’ habits. Nevertheless, the oppositionists claim that itcan lower the self-esteem of learners. The proponents consider thereduction of self-confidence of the punished students a benefit sincethey will develop fear against harmful behaviours such as mockingother weak students. Subsequently, corporal punishment is effectivein eliminating school bullying.
Firstly, physical punishment in schools serves as an intimidationtowards the bullies (Rigby 56). In addition to intimidation, itserves as a reinforcement of the behavioural adjustments conducted bythe parents at home. Intimidation is a practical approach to mouldbehaviour, and specifically, to deter unwanted conduct owing to theconsequences. Whenever bullies are punished, they are likely tochange their habits. Besides, corporal punishment serves as a lessonto others whose specific actions have similar consequences (Klein78).
Secondly, the ban on the use of corporal punishment has led to anincrease in harmful behaviours and contributed to bullying inschools. The idea of corporal punishment in schools has been bannedin 24 most developed countries such as Greece, Netherlands andGermany. Consequently, the behaviour of students in these nations hasdeteriorated. Teachers working in academic institutions based in suchcountries affirm that class behaviour has deteriorated since the banon use corporal punishment was implemented. Moreover, they call forthe reintroduction of physical disciplinary actions to change harmfulhabits such as racial discrimination at student level (Rigby 81).
Proponents of corporal punishment provide that banning should not besingle blamed for the increase in bad behaviours. Instead, thereexist factors such as the rise in crime and increased populationsthat also contribute to students bad behaviours. I argue that eventhe most ardent opponents of corporal punishment should acknowledgethat it has more benefits than shortcomings. Well-adjusted,reasonable adults can testify that they have received corporalpunishment during their formative years and consequently, they cantestify that the punishment did them some good (Klein 78).
Thirdly, corporal punishment reinstalls power upon the teachers topunish the bullies. The banning of caning in schools has led to theback-up conversations between teachers and students. Students use thelaw to claim for their rights since they are aware of situationswhere the teacher cannot threaten a detention and has contributed tobullying. Furthermore, the bullied students have a no way out, asthey cannot report the incidence the teachers. There exist claimsthat corporal punishment sends a message that violence is okay to thechildren. Consequently, it is ineffective since it adds to morebullying as the children take their anger and frustrations againsttheir peers. I argue that the reinstatement of corporal punishmentserves to impede the rights culture among students. Consequently, itis much easier for the teachers to end the art of bullying throughpunishment (Rigby 92).
Arguments against corporal punishment provide that it lowers theself-esteem of the punished student. Besides, it is unnecessary asthere are other alternatives such as providing education to thebully. It is equally arguable that there are more benefits fromcorporal punishment such as enhancing an immediate compliance on thebullies and reprimanding their behaviours (Rigby 56). Compared toother methods, it is a low-cost form of moulding behaviour and savestime. The bullies in school sojourn their acts immediately as a signof compliance. The proponent’s argument that corporal punishmentlowers the self-esteem of the bullies further confirms theeffectiveness of the method in deterring the recurrence of unwantedbehaviour.
Rigby,Ken. BullyingInterventions in Schools Six Basic Approaches.Camberwell, Vic.: ACER, 2010. Print.
Klein,Jessie. TheBully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying inAmerica`s Schools.New York: New York UP, 2012. Print