The Consequences Of Corporal Punishment

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Corporal punishment, both in school and at home, is an ineffective way of correction and should be banned altogether. It has been shown to diminish cognitive abilities, familial bonds, and mental and emotional health. This demeaning practice is severely damaging to adolescents and does more harm than good.

Corporal punishment tends to escalate quickly and leads to physical, mental, and emotional abuse. Parents who experience higher stress or anger levels can lose control easier which can make their punishments more unrelenting and painful. Studies have shown that two-thirds of physically abusive guardians intended their abusive acts to be a way of correction by the means of corporal punishment (“More Harm than Good”). Likewise, they are also over two times more likely to abuse their children than those who refuse to use corporal punishment (“More Harm than Good”). Bruising, scarring, burnings, cuttings, and even death can be linked to this type of brutality. Because of this, a multitude of places around the world are realizing the horrible consequences of corporal punishment and have elected to punish the parents, as seen by the arrest of a man for publicly spanking his daughter (“Rights of the Child”).

When punishments get extreme
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When a teacher punishes a pupil physically, often in the form of paddling, they begin to resent them and view them as enemies rather than a respected caretaker. If a child resents and disregards the teacher, they are unlikely to pay attention, willingly finish their work, ask questions, or challenge the views that are presented to them (“Corporal Punishment”). This leads to a diminished education and often the individual’s grades drop, which leads to more animosity between he teacher and student. When this happens their futures diminish also, it would be more difficult to attend colleges, graduate school, and procure successful job

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