Is Corporal Punishment Noble? The Rod Of Discipline For Our Children

See the potential effect of how we molded our children's generation.
Teach your children in the way they should go and when they're old they will not depart from it

I was part of a generation when Corporal Punishment was inevitably practiced in the Philippine education system. 

Back then in my elementary years, I had strong respect for the authority of my teachers. I looked up to them. I was afraid to commit mistakes. I obeyed class rules and regulations. As a result, I learned many things in life including the right values and attitudes. 

Today, I can say that am successful. I realize that SOMETIMES it is NECESSARY to experience SHAME and GUILT so that we will understand the essence of responsibility and moral values. In fact, that is the essence of Erikson's Psycho-Social Theory of Development and Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development. 

As noticed today, even students in Grade 12, approximately with age ranging from 16 to 18 years old, many of them do not possess good manners and right conduct. 

Teen pregnancy is prevalent. Rebellious children are everywhere. The number of crimes involving minors is in an upward spiral. Many experts attribute this phenomenon to our modern generation. But who molded their generation, by the way? Who prepared such a path for them? 

If there are to be blamed for who they are today, it is no other than those who took first the cradle before them. 

Department of Education in the Philippines, I challenge you! Come go to every school and witness the declining values and attitudes of the Filipino students. See for yourself the effect of sparing them from the rod (not literally though) of discipline. 

Perhaps, corporal punishment in school is necessary, but with appropriate process or guidelines prior to its implementation. In this manner, teachers who do not have great passion for teaching cannot abuse such power. Let me call it GENUINE DISCIPLINE.

As the school is a miniature part of the reality, why not show our children the point that in every bad thing they do there is associated consequence for it? Let us not wait for the time that our children will realize this lesson themselves and they are already in prison by then. In reality, the law will always have to inflict punishment or penalty and even pain or death to correct mistakes and ensure justice.  

"Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them." - Proverbs 13:24


About the Author



ARTHELO P. PALMA is a PhD in Development Research and Administration.

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