Discipline requires knowledge, skill, sensitivity and self-confidence; like any art, it is something that one will acquire through training and experience; it becomes easier with practice.
Physical punishment is part of our puritan heritage. Even the most kind-hearted of people, when influenced by this dogmatic set of beliefs, have been known to say something like the following: In my day they would have gotten a good beating.
That would have straightened them up. These days even though physical punishment is not used and can no longer be used in most schools in the western world, this ingrained set of beliefs tends to ensure that many people parents teachers and administrators still feel there was something very good about physical punishment that has been lost.
They point to bad behavior of children today and assume that not only did this not happen in the past, but it did not because kids where physically punished.
They assume that lack of punishment is what causes, as they say, kids today to run wild, and that the reintroduction of physical punishment would fix the problem. In the following we will show that punishment, and especially physical punishment, is ineffective in changing bad behavior to good behavior, and actually destructive in encouraging good morals.
Aggression and antisocial behavior. Antisocial behavior often comes about as part of aggression which is our primitive mechanism for dealing with perceived threats.
To be part of a society we have to learn to inhibit aggression in circumstances where it is inappropriate. All antisocial behavior has to be dealt with in this way, but aggression is the emotional core that drives antisocial behavior. Society has two mechanisms for dealing with anti social or aggressive behavior.
On the one hand there is socialization, where the young of our species internalizes the correct way for them to conduct themselves in society and then act that way, because that is what they want to do.
On the other hand there is the law or the rules that society sets down and punishes those that disobey those laws or rules. It is this punishment that is in question.
While in the past few have disputed that the threat of punishment tends to lower the likelihood of people committing crimes, performing antisocial activities, and being aggressive this is largely an untested theory.
However, since the time science first started looking at the effects of punishment scientists have not been able to find much evidence that this theory is correct.
Indeed it has been shown that punishment and especially severe punishment is counterproductive and can increase antisocial and aggressive behaviors. Elliot Aronson in his book "The Social Animal" presents the current state of consensus among social scientists concerning punishment: If one man robs, batters of kills another, the simple solution is to put him in prison or, in extreme cases to kill him.
If a young girl aggresses against her parents, siblings, or peers, we can spank her, scream at her, remove her privileges, or make her feel guilty. The assumption here is that this punishment "will teach them a lesson," that they will think twice before they perform that activity again, and that the more severe the punishment, the better.
But it is not that simple. Severe punishment has been shown to be effective temporarily, but unless used with extreme caution, it can have the opposite effect in the long run. Why do we feel the need to punish, if, as I assert, this is so ineffective?An Analysis of the Concept of Corporal Punishment in the United States PAGES 2.
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By Tanu Priya. Editor’s Note: Punishment is the coercion use to enforce the law of the land, which is is one of the pillars of modern civilization. Providing a peaceful society and life is the duty of the state.
Lack of punishment causes the law to lose its force and eventually creates a society unable to maintain law and order and a government unable to protect its people.
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Throughout the centuries, scholars and penal reformers have widely documented reform efforts and the shift in punishment philosophies. The issue of corporal punishment was raised by key stakeholders but interestingly not in the Children or Youth groups, which may indicate that corporal punishment is not being used in the school system, or at least is not seen as a problem by students.
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