SINCE my letter “Don’t spare the rod and spoil the child” (The Star, June 26; https://bit.ly/2YtddnX) was published, I have come across articles and opinions that are against the caning of students. One of the main reasons cited in these arguments is the negative psychological impact this disciplinary measure would have on students.
I will admit that there are bound to be students who may not be able to handle the pressure or stress associated with receiving punishment from their teachers.
But let me ask this simple question: If they can’t handle this sort of pressure, how will they face the real world?
We adults go through pressure in our daily life that are more psychological than physical in nature. To overprotective parents, imagine that your child has grown up and got a job but can’t handle the pressures of work, are you going to settle their problems at work too?
I firmly believe that most of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s did not have issues with teachers disciplining us whenever we made mistakes. If the opposite were true, I’m very sure a lot of us would have sought psychiatric treatment.
Yes, we may have had bad impressions of our teachers when we were on the receiving end,
but as we grew up, we understood that it was for our own good, not forgetting the life lessons gained, such as developing a deep sense
of respect for our elders, correcting our mistakes and facing up to the consequences of our actions.
The way I see it, there is one solution for parents who continue to disrespect teachers in order to shield their child from mental or physical stress at school – homeschooling.
And never forget that there are always two sides of a coin – one where your child is a sweet little angel in front of you but a disruptive presence away from your watchful eyes.
To all teachers, I salute you and hope you do not succumb to pressure from disrespectful students and parents, as you are the ones who will shape our future leaders.