Spanking as a Discipline Measure Persuasive Essay by Nicky

Spanking as a Discipline Measure
A discussion on the merits of spanking children.
# 149103 | 943 words | 7 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 25, 2011 in Education (General) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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The writer explains his rationale for selecting this topic and presents the position that spanking is a good form of discipline for parents; it teaches responsibility and makes the child accountable for his actions. The writer discusses how the school system must assess whether spanking is viable in the classroom, but asserts that personally, he would employ mild spanking in the classroom.

The Issue - Spanking
The Rationale for Selecting Spanking
Position on the Topic
How Position Affects Role as a Parent Educator

From the Paper:

"Families have used spanking as a method of disciplining children for centuries, and it has been used in school systems as a punishment, as well. While a large segment of society seems to frown on spanking, a large number of parents say they use spanking as a tool in their family. A group of authors note, "In fact, in a national study, more than 90 percent of parents reported that they had used spanking as a way of disciplining their young children, and the vast majority of adults (approximately 80 percent) endorsed the use of spanking" (Hanson, Smith & Fricker-Elhai, 2004, p. 453). This is an approved method of discipline because most families have used spanking in the past, and most children do not enjoy being spanked, so they will learn from the spanking and stop the behavior that induced the spanking in the first place. In an interesting correlation, some family studies indicate that there is more approval for spanking in the black community, and that black children may actually "expect" this form of punishment as a form of "tough love." Two other authors note, "A further example of how difficult it can be to measure parenting relates to findings that spanking has less negative consequences for black than white children. Spanking may be more normative for the black children, and it may occur in the context of warm parenting--that is, tough love" (Brooks-Gunn & Markman, 2005)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brooks-Gunn, J., & Markman, L. B. (2005). The contribution of parenting to ethnic and racial gaps in school readiness. The Future of Children, 15(1), 139+.
  • Diller, L. (2008, April 21). The truth about spanking: Promoting a ban is counterproductive. National Review Journal, 60, 42.
  • Grogan-Kaylor, A. (2004). The effect of corporal punishment on antisocial behavior in children. Social Work Research, 28(3), 153+.
  • Hanson, R. F., Smith, D. W., & Fricker-Elhai, A. (2004). 24 School-related issues in child abuse and neglect. In Handbook of Pediatric Psychology in School Settings, Brown, R. T. (Ed.) (pp. 451-463). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Jay, T., King, K., & Duncan, T. (2006). Memories of punishment for cursing. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, Vol. 55, 123+.

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