Corporal punishment - state sanctioned physical punishment - has been banned in 58 countries worldwide. However, some argue these bans deter violent crime. Should corporal punishment be allowed? Can it be an effective disciplinary tool? Or is it linked to skyrocketing crime rates?
Corporal punishment legitimises violence and causes long term psychological damage. It has no place in modern society.
Corporal punishment legitimises violence
When an authority figure is allowed to administer violence, it normalises and legitimises violence.Explore
Corporal violence is never administered evenhandedly
A punishment must be immune from societal influences and be administered evenhandedly.Explore
Corporal punishment is at odds with societal roles
Authority figures, including the government, teachers, and parents, are supposed to offer protection from physical harm. Corporal punishment is at odds with these societal roles and responsibilities.Explore
Corporal punishment offers no restitution
Part of the punitive process is to offer restitution to victims. This stage is absent in methods of corporal punishment.Explore
Although a person’s misbehavior could be used to foster constructive dialogue within the community, corporal punishment prevents such discussions. In choosing corporal punishment, the authority figure makes no effort to understand the motives, reasoning, and emotions behind the person's actions. For this reason, it is a superficial punishment that damages emotional wellbeing.Explore
Yes, corporal punishment is good
When administered correctly, corporal punishment is a powerful deterrent against crime.
Some people only respond to corporal punishment
There are some people for whom no other punishment is effective.Explore
Corporal punishment is a strong deterrent
We instinctively change our behaviour to avoid pain. This makes corporal punishment an effective deterrent.Explore
Corporal punishment can be administered easily
Corporal punishments are quicker and cheaper than the alternatives.Explore
Corporal punishment is sometimes acceptable
Corporal punishment should only be used in very specific scenarios.
Only when the offender knows right from wrong
Corporal punishment can only be effective if the perpetrator consciously chose to break the law.Explore
Corporal punishment shouldn't be used in anger
When used it anger, corporal punishment methods send a dangerous message.Explore
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