South Africa Debates Corporal Punishment Bill

The Global Initiative To End All Corporal Punishment Of Children urged the South African parliament to proceed with a bill which would initiate such a ban in the nation. It appears members of the ruling African National Congress party are against instituting a ban on corporal punishment. If South Africa passes such a law it would become the first African nation to end physical beatings of children.

I have been in education for fifty years and taught over 12,000 teachers and 2,000 children. To beat a children in order to improve learning is the most certain way to ensure non-learning. To beat a child to ensure obedience is the surest way to create a disobedient child. To beat a child because teachers are unable to control emotions or frustrations invariably results in poor teaching because the teacher focuses on the child for failure to learn rather than to what is being taught and how it is being taught. Violence begets violence. Isn’t that the story of the 20th century and the opening years of the 21st?

  • Gordi

    There is a huge difference between “beating” a child and slapping them on thw bum to let them know where there boundries are. Parents have a “natural” right to set boundries to gain respect.

  • Fred Stopsky

    I raised four children, two as a single father. I never once laid a hand on any of my children. You have a right to give a pat on the butt, I never even did that. I was often hit as a child and swore never to hit any of my children.