Friday, January 19, 2018

Licks can work at home and school

Nowadays there are numerous studies which commonly deduce that parents who have used corporal punishment are likely to produce children who exhibit delinquent behaviour. Is the video showing the mother putting a solid beating on her child considered abuse? Probably.

“Spare the rod and spoil the child” is a philosophy that is quickly being disregarded and ignored mainly because the cross-culture data show that an increase in corporal punishment leads to more aggressive behaviour later on in life.

However, I firmly believe that there is need for corporal punishment and I also believe those statistics are misdirected.

The focus should be how disciplinary customs relate to social class and how responsible adults discipline their children. Yes, “extreme physical punishment” correlates with crime. But spanking/caning/licks is not extreme physical punishment and should not be ignored in the home or the classroom.

Every child is different; therefore every parent cannot be the same. What may work for your child may not work for others. There is a difference between “licks” and beating the life out of a child.

With respect to youth crime or increase in crime, Singapore has one of the lowest crime rates in the world—yet they allow corporal punishment. With the removal of corporal punishment in our schools have the youths of our country improved their behaviour?

Has violence amongst youth decreased? What about the teachers? Has their classroom management been easier since the extinction of the whip?

J Kokaram

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