Argumentative Essay- Should corporal punishment be implemented in schools?

Corporal punishment and its place in schools has long been debated by law makers, educators, parents as well as students. Those in favour advocate for its implementation touting its perceived effectiveness while those who oppose clamour and highlight the possible dangers of its implementation. Corporal punishment should not be practised in schools because it is sanctioned physical abuse, there are no studies that prove it is effective and it may lead to children abusing others.

Firstly, implementing corporal punishment in schools is allowing state sanctioned child abuse. Children who disrupt class are often beaten on various parts of their bodies in the name of discipline. Some of these children are not yet trained to know the rules of the classroom, yet they are physically abused for their ignorance which is wrong. Also, some may suffer from disorders like ADHD and be hyperactive and unable to sit still for long periods of time. Administering corporal punishment to a child due to their own disability or ignorance is unjust.

Secondly, corporal punishment should not be practised in schools because it has not been proven to be effective. Most persons that tout the effectiveness of corporal punishment and a rise in discipline levels of students quote anecdotal evidence. They tell of an instance where some students altered their behaviour after being physically punished. The truth is that there haven’t been any clinical trials or studies where all extraneous factors were controlled to correctly gauge the effectiveness of corporal punishment. Therefore, corporal punishment should not be implemented without concrete scientific evidence to back it up.

Thirdly, corporal punishment could lead to children abusing others and should not be practised in schools. At younger ages, children are quite impressionable. They can learn the intricacies of playing musical instruments, languages and adopt the behaviours of adults. If children learn from adults that they can hit others to change their behaviours, they may bully their colleagues to get their own way. This may lead to an epidemic of abusive young people who in turn into adults that abuse their spouses and children, perpetuating a seemingly never-ending cycle of abuse. Corporal punishment should not be implemented in school to avoid children abusing others.

In conclusion, corporal punishment should not be introduced into schools for various reasons. One reason is that it is condoning physical abuse which is wrong. Another reason it should not be practiced is that there is no empirical evidence that it works. Finally, it should not be allowed to avoid children learning to abuse others.