A pinch, a slap, a wack with a stick or ruler,or sometimes made to stand in an uncomfortable position for long.I am sure all of us who have been through the process of school education, would have either witnessed or experienced first hand, some kind of corporal punishment from our teacher or tutors. More than 90 countries still permit teachers to legally beat children. Even where corporal punishment is illegal, laws protecting children are often not enforced.In a survey almost 200000 students in US have recieved corporal punishment during the academic year 2007-2008 ( source CNN).
Recently a Malaysian teacher forced a student to smoke 42 cigarettes in two hours as punishment after finding the boy had a cigarette and lighter.It seems the teacher was upset when she found that her model student had a cigarette and a lighter in his locker in the school in the northern island of Langkawi.The New Straits Times daily quoted the 16-year-old boy as saying he was made to smoke 42 cigarettes – four at a time for more than two hours.
Insane, that the only word I have to describe the act conducted by the “teacher”.It clearly defies logic what the intention of the teacher was when she delivered this punishment.Isnt there any other way to correct a student than this inhumane activities.This would only make the child more adamant and in due course less likely to succeed at school. Children who face continous and severe corporal punishment at school are also more likely to drop out of education.
In the longer term corporal punishment is associated with suicide, depression and excessive drinking. Victims are more likely to hit their spouse and their own children, fueling a cycle of violence in their families and communities.
We live in a world where parents are too busy to take proper care of their children and if children have to go through this kind of treatment in a place where they spend more than half of their day, I wonder how bright our future generation would be.
I think the only way to resolve this is to issue proper training to the teachers to handle crunch situations and difficult children. There are more than one ways to handle a crisis. Students should resist this type of treatment and at no cost accept it and as far as possible involve their families or the school administration.
People dont change overnight and a little care, love and attention will go a long way towards convincing a person and in the process moulding an ideal individual.
Teachers who inspire know that teaching is like cultivating a garden, and those who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers. ~Author Unknown