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THE debate about corporal punishment in schools has reared its head once more following recent comments by an education adviser to the Federal Government.

Last week Kevin Donnelly, who is the Education Standards Institute director, made comments in a radio interview on 2UE last week that suggested if the school community was in favour of corporal punishment then he would not have a problem with it, if it was done properly.

The NewsMail asked its Facebook readers what their thoughts were on corporal punishment and received a mixed response from those fervently supporting its return to others who strongly opposed it.

"Kids these days know that they can get away with doing the wrong thing with no consequences," Meagan Crossland said.

"I think there is a place for it. Children need clear boundaries," Audrey Henderson said.

Those that opposed it argued that a return to corporal punishment was barbaric and would not improve behaviour.

"It's disgusting and perverse in my opinion, and studies have already shown it's an entirely ineffective way of altering behaviour," Alex Johnson said.

"There is absolutely no excuse for abuse," Joey Heininger said.

CQUniversity Education and The Arts dean and professor Helen Huntly said that corporal punishment was not a desirable or appropriate course of action.

"Adults need to be role models for students and for us to convey the message that violence is okay, is not assisting students to become the type of citizens who will contribute effectively to society," she said.

Queensland Teachers Union president Kevin Bates said its view was that in a modern society where violence against women was condemned, it would not support any suggestion to hit children to solve a problem.

Do you agree with corporal punishment in schools?

This poll ended on 24 July 2014.

No way, it's just not right - 16%

It depends on the child and the offence - 25%

Yes, I agree it makes for better behaved children - 58%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  corporal punishment schools



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