Yes, schools should be allowed to use corporal punishment. It’s a good punishment to use with students who don’t obey the school rules. Some students are spoiled and snotty, and behave super badly but get away with everything. Some students don’t get punishment by their parents and so they do but bad things. I remember that I was in Mexico and teachers hit students with paddles. They actually behave and listen to the teacher when she is teaching the lesson. So I believe in this punishment, students will learn a lot better.
Those who want to outlaw corporal punishment often argue that there are disturbing sexual undercurrents in the practice.15 This objection is, in part, a special instance of the argument about adverse psychological effects. In part it is a separate, but related objection. The argument is that corporal punishment stems from some sexual perversity (on the part of the person inflicting the punishment) and can in turn cause sexual deviance (in the person punished). In some versions of this argument, it is claimed that sadomasochistic relationships can develop between the beater and the beaten. In other versions, only one party -- usually but not always the beater -- may experience sexual excitement through the beating. The beaten person may become sexually repressed. It is no accident, the argument goes, that the buttocks are often chosen as the site on the body to which the punishment is administered.
The authors of these papers nowpropose a link between corporal punishment with increasing relativelevels of misbehavior compared to similar children who were notcorporally punished.
After full consideration, werecommend that the infliction of physical pain as a recognized methodof punishment in primary schools should be forbidden."
It is generally only used as a punishment for specific serious types of murder, but in few countries treason, types of fraud, adultery and rape are also counted as capital crimes.
They regarded "corporal punishment" as using physical force to inflict pain on the child, but not to injure the child in order to change the child's behavior.
Part of the paddled boys' testimony in the landmark 1977 Supreme Court case which upheld school corporal punishment as constitutional. (For more on this case, see "External Links" below.)
These days even though physical punishment is not used and can nolonger be used in most schools in the western world, this ingrained setof beliefs tends to ensure that many people (parents teachers andadministrators) still feel there was something very good about physicalpunishment that has been lost.
One could regard some of this as analogous with canings by prefects in English schools. It seems to have been something quite different from fraternity paddling, a private unofficial activity that has more to do with hazing than punishment. Meanwhile at Texas A&M University, paddling with an ax handle has been described by one informed source as "the traditional method of discipline at the university" until as recently as the mid-1980s -- see .
That would have straightened them up." Since thevery inception of the institutions of schooling physical punishment hasbeen the accepted method for teachers to control those in their charge.
College and university. It is surprising to discover that college students and university freshmen could at one time be paddled in some places. See for the spanking of students by campus police at Northwestern University in Chicago, and about punishments at the University of Missouri carried out by senior students with official approval, in a tradition and .
In the past, some paddles had holes drilled in them, to reduce air resistance, as in this picture from a fictional film (right). This supposedly increases the effectiveness of the punishment, but is nowadays rare, and explicitly disallowed by some school district regulations, probably because of fears that it could increase the propensity for bruising.
Regulations from Los Angeles in 1981, and a copy of the corporal punishment report form to be filed by the school -- all splendidly bureaucratic!
History. Much research remains to be done on the history of corporal punishment in American education. Presumably the early settlers brought their own existing practices with them from Europe. Whipping with a switch is much mentioned in literature in, especially, the 19th century, often making use of branches or twigs collected right outside the schoolroom.