In a nation where more than 60% of respondents support capital punishment, the shrill outcry over corporal punishment in our public schools is hypocritical to the point of being hysterical.
Those who object to corporal punishment usually wax eloquently liberal in their arguments that corporal punishment is “violence that begets violence,” that it affects minorities disproportionately, or that it’s an outdated mode of discipline. But the biggest intellectual disingenuousness comes from those who improperly label corporal punishment as “beating.”
Properly defined, corporal punishment simply means “physical” punishment, or the intentional infliction of pain as a means of discouraging unacceptable behavior, while encouraging acceptable behavior. Those who mischaracterize this method as beating are usually attaching it to some traumatic event in their own childhood, or basing it on some scholarly or empirical studies that are based on similarly traumatic experiences. The truth of the matter is that there is an equal number of such studies that find the exact opposite.
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