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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Students shouldn’t be taught using Violence

Corporal punishment in schools should be discouraged. Many schools around the world have applied this primitive teaching approach to punish any perceived wrong doing in their schools. Although, mistakes within the school premise should be dealt with accordingly by the school management, proper punitive methods should be applied. Violence has been applied for more than 50 years in learning institutions and little achievements can be attributed to it. Looking back at what violence has achieved over this period should give teachers and other stakeholders a reason to alter their current perception on learning. Mac Bledsoe, in the journal “parenting with dignity” reckons that punishment only works against the instructor; he further argues that when a child is punished, they transfer their guilt to the instructor but the activity doesn’t always work towards correcting the wrongs committed (Raymond p.12). In this essay we shall seek to establish different effects caused by violence directed to school children, results violence is likely to achieve and possible alternative measures for correcting mistakes. 

Recent research result have indicated that more than 26 parent of American parents believe that instructors should allowed to used violent measures against students.  In fact corporal punishment is legal in 23 states of America. Often, teachers apply violent punitive measures in solving issues that do not directly depend on the kids themselves, e.g. when a student reports to school before completing their homework they are punished even without consulting their parents (p.13). When children are punished they learn to tolerate the punishment but they don’t uphold the lessons taught. With this kind of an attitude, the children only behave in the prescribed way whenever the punishment is available, but in its absence they behave in a totally different way.
Since early 1990s the perception of parents on the subject of corporal punishment has not changed a great deal. Recent researches concur with results from previous analysis on the same subject; about 25% of the parents think that teachers in grade-schools should be allowed to punish kids corporally while the rest think violent measures should never be applied on schools kids. Even though amongst the 75% of the parents that did not support corporal punishments in schools are parents that spank their kids at home, they are fully aware that there is no ban on corporal punishment enacted by the federal government also several states have legislations that protect kids from such abuses (Raymond p.12).
Children need reasonable scolding during their growth and education. When children display wrong practices, they should be discouraged from repeating the same in future, however the means used to scold the children should be formulated in such a way that the guilt they carry will discourage them from repeating the same.  On the contrary, when a teacher spanks a student for scoring lowly in a test, s/he might work hard to impress the teacher and avoid punishment. But the essence of working hard should be goal driven not avoiding the punishments attached to none performance in tests, thus the teacher’s primary goal is not achieved (Wilcox 2008).  The greatest tragedy in the children’s life might occur when the punitive measures are withdrawn; their parents and seniors family members will expect them to draw the same results they used to get with spanking.
Although punishment should be applied in extreme cases, it has variously been used for the wrong reason. When a student fails to complete an assignment in time, the teacher punishes him or her without trying to establish the main reason for the lateness. Conversely, when a student uses abusive language at school they are spanked without guiding them on proper language use and social etiquettes (Laura, 2011). Even when they fight against their peers they are punished violently by their teachers who do not take care of the irresponsible behaviors the young citizens are acquiring from the society. Corporal punishments should only be used in extreme cases; where all other formulas fail.
Violent measures used to correct wrong doings in students have in a few cases succeeded in expediting the desired results. However, most of the cases that are solved through extreme scolding results in noncompliance from the subjects. Initial responses of students towards corporal punishment are fear of prolonged pain but not guilt. The essence of any form of punishment is to correct a mistake and make the doer aware of undesirable results of their deeds they don’t correct in time but corporal punishment punishes the instructor especially when the students develop immunity to punishment they are subject to. Previous researches have indicated that most of the violence witnessed in learning institutions around the globe largely borrows from previous violence directed towards students by their seniors (Wilcox, 2008). When children are mistreated and disregarded they forget important virtues such as forgiving that should help them coexist with their peers and uphold violent means of solving crises.
There are many alternative ways of teaching students and correcting wrong doing amongst them. A good method for correcting mistakes in students should make them carry the guilt for partaking in uncouth behavior or committing specific mistakes. The next step should involve proper lessons on ways of avoiding a repeat of the same without inflict physical pain. Teaching students to be results oriented goes a long way in encouraging them to be responsible and time conscious. When students are allowed the freedom to work on their passions, with little guidance they can achieve marvelous results.
In conclusion, kids are vulnerable beings that demands for constant attention, daily correction and careful monitoring lest they be lost in the maze of this globalized environment. Schools on the other hand offers ideal environment for development of desired behaviors and academic goals. I can attest that with careful guidance from the teachers, students have been found to achieve results that are beyond their parents’ expectations. Thus, it is irresponsible and uncouth to use corporal punishment to encourage performance amongst students or nurture good manners using improper formulas.

Work Cited
Laura, Lillian. Holding Your Child Accountable without Punishment. Parenting. February 09, 2011. May 23, 2011. http://www.ahaparenting.com/_blog/Parenting_Blog/post/Holding_Your_Child_Accountable_without_Punishment/
Raymond, James. Corporal Punishment: Teaching Violence through Violence. Education World. 5.1 (2006): 12-15.
Wilcox, Patricia. How Will They Learn? What about Punishment? Trauma treatment in Children. April 24, 2008. May 23, 2011. http://traumatreatment.blogspot.com/2008/04/how-will-they-learn.html

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