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How much longer should kids tolerate the whip as a corrective measure?

To be on the receiving end of a cane, is the common nightmare of
nearly every kid who's strongly extroverted, consistent with poor
grades, reports late to school, fails to turn in assignments as and
when due, and likewise, other varieties of offenses that could warrant
being inflicted with a good measure of bodily pain.

Caning a child to enhance performance, or modify character, is a
disguised act of slavery! It's no different from beating a horse to
get the best out of it, or the consistent use of the whip by colonial
slave owners in ensuring compliance and control over the early black
slaves. With every stroke of the cane, the self-esteem of a child is
slowly demolished. How much longer should children tolerate the whip
as a corrective measure?

Corporal punishment has outlived its usefulness. Long lasting
discipline isn't enforced through beating a child with a stick. It is
rather enforced through love, patience, genuine concern, effective
counselling and tolerance. Violence against children in whatever form,
is a violation of the rights of the child. You cannot discipline a
child for wrongdoing, by wrongly violating his or her rights. Two
wrongs do not make a right. It is therefore the right of every child
to politely refuse physical maltreatment.

I'm often referred to the biblical instruction on the use of the 'rod'
in child-rearing. Well, God didn't issue any of such command. Solomon
did, and likewise, other opinionated authors of the Book of Proverbs.
It's about time Christians won the war on differentiating between
God's direct commands and the private opinions of biblical characters.

Corporal punishment is not a guarantee for modification of character,
neither has it eradicated indiscipline despite the reliance on its
use. It only guarantees fear, low self-esteem and eventual rebellion.
Parents and teachers should learn to think outside the box for
creative and effective ways of disciplining deviant children.
Violating the rights of the child isn't one of them!

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