The advantages of corporal punishment in schools

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The advantages of corporal punishment in schools
Schools in some parts of the world still allow teachers to use corporal punishment. (Getty Images)

Corporal punishment is a form of physical punishment that is administered for breaking rules. In the educational environment, corporal punishment is one implemented by a teacher or school official when a student violates a particular set of rules. Though there are numerous organisations and parents against the use of corporal punishment, there are advantages to its use.

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Deters students from bad behaviour

It is hard to deny the fact that corporal punishment is a form of punishment that a recipient will find unpleasant, both younger and older children alike. Though this may not sound like an advantage, it is a punishment that will deter children from bad behaviour, in order to avoid receiving it. Punishments such as going to the headteacher's office often do not deter a child from bad behaviour, whereas the knowledge he will receive a painful punishment will. Due to its unpleasant nature, many students that misbehave will not do so again for fear of receiving further punishment. Other students that observe this punishment will also refrain from the behaviour in fear of receiving it themselves.

Teaches discipline

Some children come from families that are too permissive. The child acts out in classrooms and exhibits bad behaviour because he does not know any better or he doesn't understand that there are consequences to certain actions. Corporal punishment in schools is a firm type of discipline that teaches children right from wrong and that there are consequences to bad behaviour.

No suspensions

Schools in parts of the world that still use corporal punishment do so in place of suspensions. A suspension for a student acting up can be looked at as a reward since she is able to leave the classroom and school environment and stay home for several days.

Relieves the parent from leaving work

When schools choose to send the child home for the day, his parents have to leave work in order to come get him and take him home. This means that parents can lose out on work and income each time their child acts out. Corporal punishment is done in school by a teacher or principal and does not require the parents to leave their job. After punishment, the child returns to the classroom and finishes out her school day.

No interruptions in learning

Unlike detention or being sent to the headteacher's office, corporal punishment will limit the amount of time the student is taken away from his lessons. Students that are sent to the headteacher's office can be gone for a good part of the day and will miss out on ample class time, while students who receive corporal punishment return to their class immediately.

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