This essay declares that corporal punishment in the classroom is a form of institutional child abuse. It does hurt and it can be destructive, both physically and emotionally. Therefore, as advocates for children, we must work to abolish its use. By revealing that certain beliefs about punishment are myths, that there are potential serious problems with the use of punishment, and that there are positive and effective alternatives of discipline, we hope that people can be moved to actively protest the use of corporal punishment in the classroom. Unfortunately, more than just facts are needed. The politics of change are also involved. A great deal of effort can go into dealing with bureaucratic systems, getting the attention of policy-makers, organizing support from a wide range of disciplines, and articulating related community issues.
This project makes a conclusion that it is especially important to have the support of those who are directly involved with the issue, such as teachers (award-winning teachers typically do not use corporal punishment). The task may not be easy as communities frequently fail to protect their weakest citizens. The goal of eliminating corporal punishment in education is worth these difficulties. The classroom environment should be characterized by positive mutual regard and be free of abusing and demeaning acts. Until the practice of corporal punishment ceases, many children may never have the experience of learning in such a supportive, encouraging and safe environment. ...Show more