Can a corporal punishment for children be ‘very effective’ ?

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NINEMSN reported that Dr Kevin Donnelly said he’s in favour of corporal punishment for ill-disciplined Australian children such as use of the cane, if supported by the local school community.

Speaking on 2UE radio, the widely publish commentator on educational issues and director of the Education Standards Institute said the method was effective during his childhood and still has some merit.

“There are one or two schools around Australia that I know where it actually is approved of and they do do it,” Dr Donnelly said.

He said putting children in “time-out zones” doesn’t work.

His comments follow the release of a report on a record number of students being suspended from NSW schools.

Dr Donnelly said suspension only allows students to avoid work and should be used as a last resort.

“They (students) loved it (time out) because they could get out of classwork … they could just relax and meditate for a while. That obviously didn’t work,” he said.
He said in his experience, corporal punishment was the most effective form of punishment.

“I think it’s very important that the classroom doesn’t suffer because of disruptive or badly behaved students,” Dr Donnelly said.
New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria are the only states where statutes clearly ban corporal punishment.

Dr Donnelly and the co-chair of the curriculum review, Kenneth Wiltshire, will hand their report to the government at the end of July.