Corporal Punishment in Schools

I can’t help wondering if the inescapable trend in the increase in suspensions from schools (no matter how Labour tries to massage the figures) isn’t somehow connected with the demise in corporal punishment in schools.

It is males who are overrepresented in suspensions for ‘repeated disobedience and disruption’ and assaults have increased into the bargain.

Clearly there have always been suspensions, and there will always be really bad people who assault and disrupt, that happened when we had corporal punishment and so is just a fact of life.

While the proponents of baning corporal punishment are coincidentally the same people who would blame video games or diet for the increase in violence, despite their success in regulating peoples lives in this respect the figures show a consistentincrease in violence in our society. I suppose it’s difficult for those people to accept that when we had violence in schools in the form of discipline, we had less violence in society, but the statistics clearly show this.

I understand the arguments against using violence against other humans, but the figures are inescapable, and this problem isn’t going to go away, it appears it is getting worse and the current approach isn’t working.

It may be that there is no solution at all, maybe we just have to accept things as they are. But on the other hand maybe how things were done in the past have merit. If it’s OK for environmentalists to claim we have to turn back the clock to combat global warming at the cost of our economic well being, why do those same people vigorously oppose using ‘old’ methods of dealing with violence?

As a recipient of corporal punishment in school, I’d say that for me the experience was behaviour enhancing. I’m not saying it works for everyone because clearly it didn’t, but for most people it quickly taught you right from wrong and that rules were there to make schools work, just as we have laws to allow society to function.

I can no more behave disruptively in the work place and expect to go un’punished’, than students should expect to behave disruptively in class and expect to go unchallenged. it is quite possible that we are sending the completely wrong message to young people and this may explain the problems in the work place. When students get into the real world, with real consequences often the damage has been done. If there are no consequences at school, it’s not surprising young people are mystified at the regulation of their lives by the law and workplace.

Maybe we need to have the best of both worlds, instead of a one size fits all approach we could have a combination of the support programs and corporal punishment – a ‘multi disciplinary approach’. If a disruptive student gets the strap a couple of times and that works, then fantastic, if it doesn’t, then the current approach should be adopted.

Schools are just working the current system with the tools on hand, and just chucking kids out of school when they become a problem, just like they now insist that parents put hyperactive kids on drugs, is not a long term solution for an institution responsible for developing every citizens potential. Teachers are in a strange position, as supporters of the current government and it’s approach to these sorts of issues, they can’t really come out and advocate corporal punishment, but they don’t seem to have any ideas themselves and the problem is now out of control. Liberal (left) teachers unions and their supporters are now reaping what they have sown and are the victims of assault and cannot carry out their jobs as educationists properly. The tragedy of this is that the real victims are the children.

Reinstating the corporal punishment tool – optionally – would allow schools to have another way of dealing with what is a growing problem. Schools should have the choice, and parents will have the choice of whether to send their kids to a school that takes this option… hell, maybe we could throw in vouchers at the same time to give parents real choice.

Not being honest about the fact that some children require more ‘discipline’ often in increasingly aggressive amounts, is actually failing young people. By being politically correct about this issue we are consigning another generation of kids to the waste heap of life… nothing has really been improved, and the statistics show it’s actually getting worse. Time for a new approach.

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