Two Opposing Views: Corporal Punishment

Carver Oblander
    Swearing in class, yelling at the teacher, texting during class, skipping class altogether; students these days are more unruly than ever before. And yet what can teachers do to try and curb this outlandish behavior? Give them detention? Send them on a "time-out" in the hall or in the doorway? Verbally humiliate them in front of their peers? Obviously, these sort of ineffective consequences are fostering the present unruly behavior. As the old saying goes, "spare the rod, spoil the child." Clearly, the only way to corral our wild students is to bring back corporal punishment.
    Think about the last time an unruly student swore loudly in class, do you think he'd repeat the feat after a few well placed lashes to the backside?
    "I know I wouldn't," said Lance Geller, senior, when asked this question.
    Our graduating seniors are leaving after battling severe cases of senioritis. Do you think those lackadaisical seniors would have been whipped into shape by a couple of teachers with paddles? This would have helped them finish the year strong and gain momentum going into whatever endeavors they pursue after school. Instead, they will have to combat their own undisciplined attitudes, fostered by years of carefree behavior in high school, for the rest of their lives.
    There is only one way to solve the behavioral problems facing our schools today, and that is to bring back the same level of punishment which worked for years on our parents and their parents. It is clear that students can't handle the luxury of not being physically punished, and this is a proactive solution that will reap immediate benefits.
    "After all, it's for our own good," said an anonymous student.
Brennon Buhl
    Is the physical abuse of a child really necessary? Are ritualistic beatings of ill-mannered students really the answer to solving our problems? There are other ways to improve behavior of students that doesn't require you to beat them.
    Giving out rewards and gifts for desirable behavior is probably the best way to go about it. Using a positive reinforcement tactic is the only true way to healthfully and safely get kids to behave well in schools.
    Like, come on, is hitting a kid really going to get them to stop listening to their i-pod, or stop side conversations? I mean, if I was listening to music and the teacher asked to stop, and I didn't, and she started hitting me, I wouldn't stop.
    Well, let's use a different example. If a kid was talking in class, and was beaten with a paddle, do you think he'd really stop? Well, how about if a kid turned in homework late, and was branded, would that really get him to turn something in early? Wait... Actually, now that I think about it, we should use corporal punishment.
    If our school system started using some sort of standardized corporal punishment method, students would be much more civilized. They'd be more orderly, ready for our consumer culture, and be literally molded into what they were made to be: monotonous workers, who only know how to follow orders and work. That would be the perfect society, and corporal punishment is the only way to make that happen.
    What better way for teachers to finally be able to smack around those kids they've wanted to smack around. No school regulations would hold them back, and order would be brought to teachers and students alike. With corporal punishment, teachers would actually be able to shape our society more than they can now.
    As much as I've always disagreed with my opponent, I couldn't agree with him more on this point. In regard to allowing corporal punishment in schools, the right answer, the only answer, is yes. Corporal punishment is key to a better future and way of life.
Carver Oblander,
May 29, 2010, 4:22 PM