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Cultural differences in Corporal Punishment

             In Snow White, the wicked queen told her hunter to take her stepdaughter into the woods and cut out her heart because she was more beautiful than her. Even Mother Goose's in "Old Woman in the Shoe" whipped her children soundly and sent them to bed without any bread (Straus, Gelles & Steinmetz, 1980). .
             American homes during the colonial days already practiced the harsh punishment for children. Inconsiderate discipline and physical punishment were normally accomplished for the purpose of instructing children. To drive the devil out from their child, they spank them. For many centuries, even with regards to education, maltreatment is done (Holden, 1997). Birch rod, whippings, and other bodily assaults were commonly used to punish children for behavioral and scholastic infractions (Arias 1962).
             Corporal punishment is one method done by adult to restraint children. In this way, children are inflicted pain in response to child's undesirable behavior and or speaking of inappropriate language. By doing this, adults often believe that they are enabling the child to know the proper manners and be prevented in doing again the wrong things they have done. The use of hand, paddles, belts or any other objects that can be a source of pain and fear for children is definitely a way of doing corporal punishment (Dayton 1994). Same goes in the institutions, corporal punishment is done through spanking, letting the student do extra works on PE class and confining children to uncomfortable spaces. These are the usual punishments in schools if children do violent acts like combating other students or non-violent acts like bringing unaccepted things to school like cigarettes or any firearms, not listening to class and destructing classroom discussion or simply cutting classes. The American Medical Association defined this situation as the "intentional infliction of pain or discomfort and/or use of physical force upon a student as punishment for an offense or behavior" (Orentlicher, 1992).

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