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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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