Problem

Corporal punishment in schools

Other Names:
Flogging in schools
Beating school students
Caning in schools
Physical punishment of students
Nature:

Schools may condone or even encourage the physical punishment of students. Hitting a child, either with the hand or with a implement (e.g. a cane, rod, or strap), forcing a child to assume physically debilitating positions (e.g. kneeling, holding the arms above the head), subjecting a child to physical dangers (e.g. holding a live electrical wire, forcing the ingestion of purgatives), or otherwise assaulting a child: physical abuse is considered an appropriate means to exact obedience and respect from the child.

Background:

Corporal punishment in schools was traditionally used to teach students to be loyal to nation and sovereign, unquestioningly obedient and hardened to physical pain.

Incidence:

Although Japanese law prohibits corporal punishment in schools, statistics show that one Japanese student dies at the hands of a teacher every two years. Popular opinion is still in favour of corporal punishment: when a 16 year old girl died after her teacher slammed her head against a stone pillar because she did not agree that her skirt was too short, some 75,000 people across the country signed a petition supporting the teacher.

Counter Claim:

Schools should never be forced to abandon corporal punishment. Men know how to control other men: fatherless boys respond to physical punishment rather than isolation or the attentions of child psychologists. You need controlled physical pain.

 

Related Problems:
Parental punishment
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
01.12.2017 – 23:39 CET