Slam! That’s the sound of children being imprisoned in a jail cell. When kids get spanked they feel trapped in a world where only good deeds are acceptable. The students feel threatened to eliminate all bad deeds they might cause and replenish that emptiness with pure goodness. Spanking should not be a method of disciplining children because the method brings harm to the child and children learn violence is a solution. For example, spanking brings harm to the children. By spanking another individual, “pain, humiliation, and in some cases deep bruising” develops (Thompson).
Spanking makes children feel worse mentally and physically. Many more preferable ways to punish kids exist. The others methods to discipline children don’t create harm or bruising, unlike corporal punishment. In addition, spanking doesn’t just create harm for one day. “Many experts explain that hitting children leads to long term psychological harm” and could negatively impact the child’s future (Tawa). Secondly, spanking resembles a barrier which blocks the right path to life.
All that remains, is the wrong pathway to life. Spanking guides children into making wrong decisions by by teaching them violence solves problems. Spanking goes against what students learn in school, because “schools try to prevent violence by spanking, but they use violence themselves” (Phillips). Students learn “that violence is a solution to every problem” (Tawa). Students receive the wrong message from teachers. In the child’s perspective, the teachers seem more powerful when they spank others. Based on this, students feel more powerful by using violence.
Some may argue that spanking has its benefits. Deryle Adkison, an administrator at Old Plank Christian Academy, says that “Corporal punishment benefits students by getting everyone focused on learning” (Anastasia). However, spanking just enforces the classroom rule of doing good deeds. Students remain more cautious on doing what’s right rather than focusing on school work. “If the student is afraid of the teacher or administrator, it does not promote learning,” instead spanking makes the learning environment worse (Anastasia). With spanking in use, students feel held back and imprisoned.
In conclusion, spanking should not be used to punish children due to the harm caused and children receiving the wrong message about violence. Detention, suspension, and other punishments have been created for a reason. These are the more beneficial and non-harmful punishments that best suit kids. Schools should eliminate such harmful methods and replace them with non-violent and more successful ones.
Once the schools abolish spanking, the jail cell doors will open and students won’t feel imprisoned anymore.