corporal punishment

@kaevielf (246)
China
March 15, 2007 12:16am CST
Do you agree that teachers should use corporal punishment as a means of discipline?
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@ashjoe76 (1434)
• India
24 Mar 07
I do not agree with that. Basically because teachers may misuse their powers if they are allowed this. There may be cases where corpoal punishment can bring good results, but it has to be seen how it affects the psyche of the students. THis does not mean that the students must be just pampered and spoiled in schools. There must be system that implements the serious nature of studies and makes the students work hard, without making them feel under compulsion or under any kind of abuse.
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• United States
25 Mar 07
Ashjoe, Basically, teachers no longer have any so-called "powers" to misuse in this day and time. And, if they do...well, you surely have read about them or heard about them on the media. Abuse is everywhere, unfortunately....we live in a very confused world where any and everything can and does happen. As for our children, they are learning much more from TV than anywhere. This is an "anything goes" type of thinking and it is not the most wholesome.
@lucy67 (819)
• China
22 Mar 07
No doubt teachers can not punish students in this way. Teachers should love and respect students. When students make mistakes, teachers should talk with them and help them realize their mistakes.
• United States
24 Mar 07
I have been a teacher for over 30 years and there was a day that corporal punishment was allowed and effective, in my opinion. I did spank many children but I did not do it out of anger or hatred. I loved and still love all of my students, no matter what problems of disobedience they might have. Parents have always trusted me and knew that I would not ever harm their child. However, these days are different, teachers can definitely get "out of hand" and hurt children (as we all know from the media). I am not even sure that I want my granddaughter in public school when she is ready for that. Not only do teachers have scary personal issues of their own....but many are not even qualified to teach the academics that I feel are important. Education has reached such a low level that I fear for those young qualified teachers entering our profession. Back to the corporal issue....please understand that I never once used this form of discipline without first speaking with my student. I also made sure that he/she understood that I cared enough to discuss any and every problem that they needed addressed. I also,did, and still give them my home phone number to use at any time that they needed me. I do not know any other teachers in my school who give out home phone numbers. Most do not want or care to be bothered at home. I have also taught in a wide variety of socio-economic situations...from the very poor, the very wealthy, private, public, inner-city, and the backwoods of Tennessee. I am not predjudiced, in the least, I love all children and I am there for them at any time...day or night. SO? Although, corporal punishment is no longer an option for teachers....is it worse than being ignored or mentally abused by an angry teacher? I think not. In the 70's when I started teaching....and needed to spank....I believe my students and I both came to an understanding quickly and, immediately returned to the business of learning. They knew and still know I cared. I cared enough to show them in a quick, swift way that disobedient would not be tolerated in my classroom. They even still keep in contact with me and thank me for the education I gave them!
@mrsbrian (1951)
• United States
25 Mar 07
i dont hit my children and i dont allow anyone to hit them either,if my children are out of hand you should call me or send them home or both. i agree kids yoday are way out of hand and i would not be a teacher in todays society but hitting only promotes violence and i just dont think a teacher has that right.
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@jean_rose (416)
• Philippines
17 Mar 07
I don't. Violence never solves anything.
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@loisse21 (216)
• Philippines
16 Mar 07
nice topic that you got here kaevielf. well, im a teacher and i strongly detest corporal punishment to student- whether they are 2 or 62.i dont even want to pinch nor shout on my students. it is true that they could be too much to handle still i dont agree in doing that.students dont need punishments.whenever they do something wrong its enough to explain to them what the problem was.based on experience i found out that if we teachers discuss the problems with the students in a friendly manner, they could easily understand what we want them to know. whereas as per observing those who had received corporal punishments (like those students of a former colleague of mine who's really strict), their self esteem become low since apart from the pain they are getting, they also suffer from humiliation especially if the punishment was done in front of their classmates or other people. im glad that nowadays there are less cases of corporal punishment.its a good thing that here in the Phils we got the magna carta for teachers which restricts corporal punishments (though some are still doing it).
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@ZenDove (698)
• United States
15 Mar 07
Not only would I sue a teacher who hit my child, I would be tempted to meet him/her in an alley with a baseball bat! I do not hit my children, therefore, you are not welcome to hit them either. If they prove to be too much of a discipline problem, send them home, give them detention, expel them but do not hit them. This is barbaric. A parent's life is devoted to protecting their children. How could I condone a virtual stranger assaulting my child simply because my child did not follow their rules? If I decide that my child needs to be spanked, I am more than qualified to be that authority. I will not raise my child to think that just anyone can raise a hand in violence to them. If a teacher cannot reach a child through reasoning, patience and non-violent discipline then he/she should excuse themselves from the role of teacher and seek additional learning for themselves. Teachers should be paragons of higher understanding, more civilized and sophisticated thinkers - how else are our children supposed to look up to them and respect them? If the teacher cannot fulfill that role without a paddle in her hand, she'd better hope to never teach one of mine.
• United States
15 Mar 07
I absolutely do not agree.