Dear Sir,I am writing in reply to the recent publication of an item on the topic ofCorporal Punishment Essay. I do not agree that it is needed to bring discipline back into ourschools. It is assumed that a child who has been caned would be less likely to commitanother offence , but this was never proved and , in fact , one theory holds that severecorporal punishment increases the likelihood of future offences.
There are better ways to discipline students than hitting them. Some parents maybelieve that spanking a child may be beneficial but apart from being potentiallydangerous physically, it can lower their self esteem, hinder their academic abilitiesand may even contribute to disruptive and violent behaviour. Some pupils may feel soafraid to go to school that they are tempted to play truant. Over the past few years we have become more and more obsessive over bringing ourlives into the twenty first century and now , here you are telling us that we shouldbring back corporal punishment, a system which is looked upon as old fashioned !Discipline should begin in the home . Parents have and should accept the taskof instilling in their children respect for right and wrong, respect for others and all theother basic lessons of living, working, playing and learning with others.Order now
They shouldtry to teach him to control himself and take responsibility for his actions and theirconsequences . Unfortunately, because some parents find it difficult to do this frominfancy , the teachers role is all the more difficult. Still, restoring this rule is not theway to resolve theses difficulties. Get to children in infancy and their early years andtheir lives will be shaped more fully for future growth. Restoring their teacherspower to hit them across the bottom or knuckles doesnt fit that picture. Forgetcorporal punishment.
Roald Dahls book entitled Boy tells about the times when corporalpunishment was allowed to take place in all schools. A passage from the book tells ofhow , aged nine, Dahl was caned six times for talking during prep. Even though hehad had a perfectly good excuse he got the same punishment another child wouldprobably have got for defacing school property or stealing. I think that this reinforcesmy earlier suggestion that teachers may take advantage of their authority and harasspupils they may have taken a dislike to. Dahl states in his book the fear of thedreaded cane hung over us like the fear of death all the time and the cruel caneruled our lives.
. . . we were caned for doing everything that it was natural for smallboys to do. Summerhill is the opposite extreme. It is a school in England dedicated toproviding an environment where pupils can be themselves.
There are only a few rulesto abide by although these do not include necessity to attend classes, no set bedtimes,swearing is acceptable and all pupils are free to express themselves in whatever waythey feel suits them best . Problems are sorted out at the Meetings and punishment isno more than suspension for a set period of time depending on the offence. Due to the lack of discipline there is a constant worry about bullying and other formsof violence in Summerhill. A compromise between the harshness of corporalpunishment and the total lack of discipline in situations such as that in Summerhill isthe system that is currently in use in Northern Ireland todaySo I remain in the opinion that corporal punishment is unfair and should notbe allowed to return to schools as a form of discipline.
If you are genuinely trying toshow pupils how to behave you will not need to hurt or shame them. Behavior whichis anti-social will bring with it its own uncomfortable consequences.Thankyou for taking the time to read though my letter.Yours faithfully,Social Issues Essays .