Essay about Corporal Punishment

907 Words Feb 20th, 2006 4 Pages
Corporal punishment is a very controversial topic that is being discussed amongst educators across the nation. Corporal punishment refers to any physical form of punishment, but in this case it refers to in schools. Currently there are many different terms used to label corporal punishment, for example, it has been called spanking, paddling, caning, lashing, popping, smacking, whipping or beating. Each term carries its own different meaning, but they all represents some form of corporal punishment.

Corporal punishment involves the deliberate infliction of pain upon a child, by an adult, as a result of the child's misbehavior or perceived misbehavior. It has been proven scientifically that the effects of it can be detrimental to the
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But the South is the only region which is dominated by states that permit corporal punishment. Currently Arkansas is ranked as the worst state in reference to corporal punishment. In Arkansas, one out of every eight students is physically abused by their teachers, compared to the national average of one out of every 28 students. In Florida it was found that black students are twice as likely to be beaten then white students. Students in private schools are more likely to be beaten than public schools, while teachers in so-called Christian or Catholic schools hand out the most and the worst beatings.

Many, studies have shown that corporal punishment cause serious physical and psychological harm to large numbers of children. Each year in the U.S. thousands of children require medical treatment as a result of corpora punishment administered in schools. According to National Coalition to Abolish Corporal Punishment in Schools, school-inflicted corporal punishment has even caused the deaths of seven children—including a kindergarten girl. Among the emotional problems that can result from corporal punishment are depression, withdrawal, sleep disturbances, avoidance of school, learning problems, loss of self-esteem, and delinquency.

Corporal punishment also provides children with a poor role model of adult behavior by teaching them that the use of physical violence against smaller and weaker persons is an appropriate method of dealing with the

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