Corporal Punishment Is The World 's Most Valuable Resources And Its Best Hope For The Future

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Corporal Punishment in Child Rearing

"Children are the world 's most valuable resources and its best hope for the future," John Fitzgerald Kennedy. As adults, our responsibility is to raise our child as an honorable being. This may be what James Dobson craves for why he is such a prominent critic of permissive parenting. Many of us, including myself, reminisced how it was as a child when we had to respect our elders and were afraid to be caught misbehaving.

Corporal punishment in child rearing has been a controversial issue for so long. It is seen as a disciplinary measure to prevent anti-social behaviors while the opposers defines it to be abuse, which promotes violence and assailment. Throughout history, child-rearing practices have been a topic of extensive discussions with opposing views as to who knows best. Many theorists have postulated why it is that children needed to be “controlled” while modern views advocate “expression” and have had laws enacted to protect the rights of children. Claverley and Phillips (1986) noted “these models of the free and the constrained (or un-free) child both have long histories and have demonstrated a capacity to survive and persuade. Variants of both exist in the contemporary world, and are still used to justify freedom or restraint in the classroom and in the nursery at home” (Claverley & Phillips, 1986, p.41).

Dr. Benjamin Spock was one of the pioneers of permissive parenting and posited such views in his Baby and Child…

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