Should corporal punishment be re-implemented?
I make reference to the letter captioned ‘The schools and corporal punishment’ dated May 29, 2012 in the Kaieteur News which seemed to have given the views of the public as it relates to the administering of corporal punishment. Most parents seem not to have a problem with it, but rather with the act of cruelty or abuse.
The truth is that the whole issue about corporal punishment has grown so old that I am even too tired to administer it if it were to be re-implemented. The answer to the problem of misdemeanors is not corporal punishment.
The answer lies in the ability of teachers, parents and the government working together to help the nation’s children. It really bothers me that when policies are already implemented, consultations are made after the damage is done.
Why do we have so many difficulties in getting children under control? I believe that the blame lies in the exposure of our children to so much violence through the electronic media, streets, in the homes and even in the songs which they listen to on a daily basis.
The disrespect children pay to their colleagues as well as others is just a Xerox of what is meted out to them by their colleagues, parents, siblings, teachers, etc. “Children learn what they live and live what they learn.” Children therefore need to be taught the importance of demonstrating acts of kindness to everyone they come in contact with.
They need to be reminded to respect themselves, their properties and the properties of others. Children are very precious to us and every so often we need to let them know this. Children need to be reminded of their expectations and should be helped to make positive decisions.
It is unfortunate that children are left to take care of their siblings so that their parent(s) can be able to work for long hours to make an extra dollar. Many parents lose their children to pedophiles in the form of stepparents, and other relatives.
They also lose them to drugs, idleness and other inappropriate behaviour. By the time parents realize their loss it is too late. Then what do they say to the teachers? “Miss, beat am, must beat am man.”
Parents need to be held accountable for their children’s behaviour. Teachers should be held accountable for the behaviour of the children in the classroom. If each teacher takes up this responsibility with consistency, children will behave better. The Government should also be held accountable for encouraging the lawlessness which is being nurtured in society.
The songs aired on 98.1 FM, Channel 72 and other channels which videos which are filled with massive gyrations and immoral yet nonsensical lessons in their songs for our children. Some form of intervention should be made with regards to the types of songs and movies aired on television and radio stations.
Is it that the financial benefits derived from these activities are of greater gain to us than children of proper moral standing? I wonder. Corporal punishment will not help, however, what will make a difference is a firm partnership with the needs of our children as priority.
Tired and frustrated teacher