Topic: It is important for children to learn the difference between right and wrong at an early age. Punishment is necessary to help them learn this distinction.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

What sort of punishment should parents and teachers be allowed to use to teach good behaviour to children?


Teaching children how to differentiate a right/wrong thing at a young age is a good suggestion, but I strongly oppose using punishment as the main way to let children learn ethical issues.

First of all, I do believe that parents should teach their children to realise the good and the bad as soon as possible because an infant is already able to perceive his/her surrounding world. A child begins to learn the basic skills by imitating parents' acts. For instance, they tend to mimic the words spoken out by their mother to develop speaking skill or older children know to signal their caretakers when being urged. Furthermore, the sooner babies learn good behaviours, the less potential they acquire bad habits from the community. If a child understands to express their gratefulness to other people , they never ignore someone who needs help.

In order to educate children, I arguably think that encouragement and reward are more important than punishment. Psychologically, people often feel more motivated if they receive positive treatment rather than painful punishment. Therefore, children will try their best to learn if they believe that they can go to the zoo or play a desired videogame right after. However, punishment also has its own value in education. Parents and teachers should take advantage of punishment capable to help youngsters shape good personality or enhance study performance such as reading a book, solving a hard math problem, or jogging during 30 minutes. It is evident to avoid any types of punishment that negatively affect a child's mental and physical health.

In conclusion, it is advisable to teach good behaviours during the early childhood. Punishment is sometimes useful but should not be recognised as the primary method for children's education.

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