Counterpoint: The Benefits of Corporal Punishment

Wilson, Brian
March 2016
Points of View: Corporal Punishment;3/1/2016, p6
This article presents an argument on the benefits of corporal punishment. Despite myriad complaints and studies suggesting the contrary, common sense dictates that corporal punishment should work. One must not forget the power of intimidation. To have a coach or assistant principal display a large paddle in their office provides many students with enough incentive to listen to their teachers. At the very least, corporal punishment should help maintain order in the classroom. Immaturity makes it inevitable that students will misbehave at times, since most children dislike school. They may enjoy learning, but would rather not deal with the structure of the classroom. Discipline is necessary to keep children accountable, and to ensure that the few who refuse to follow directions do not unfairly hamper the chances of others to learn essential skills. Any policy involving spanking must be approached very delicately. A school administrator giving a child a firm swat on the bottom when other forms of discipline do not work is indeed embarrassing, but if all it damages is the ego, spanking is undoubtedly an appropriate punishment.


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