Is Corporal Punishment Needed to Discipline Children?
Kenneshea Q. Alexander
29 April 2013
Why discipline children?
Who should be the disciplinary?
What are the causes and effects of corporal punishment?
Corporal punishment is a barbaric act that does nothing more than place fear in the hearts of children and teaches them that when they have done something wrong they face excruciating pain.
What is the difference between discipline and corporal punishment?
a. Discipline is training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character
b. Corporal punishment is a form of physical punishment that involves the deliberate infliction of pain as retribution for an offense or for the purpose of disciplining
c. Discipline can be a timeout, removal of favorite toy, whereas corporal punishment is harsh spankings, verbal communication, and more.
Effectiveness of discipline
a. Often times the child is told what they have done wrong and have the ability to correct the problem and not do it again
b. Teaches and guides the child of right and wrong
c. Learn self-discipline
Where did corporal punishment originate and why?
a. Greece, Rome, and Egypt
b. 10th Century BC
c. To build willpower and physical strength
d. Use on individuals who committed crimes
Negative Effects of discipline and punishment
a. Aggressive behaviors in future as adult
b. Potential low self-esteem, ability to interact with others
c. Possibility of becoming a criminal
As stated previously the barbaric actions of one can cause multiple behavioral disorders in not only children but also in developing adults. Positive reinforcement when a child has done something inappropriate is all that is needed, and to instill that there are consequences for bad behavior.
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