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Ashley Larsen
11/14 Discussion
Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:06pm

Ashley Larsen
My final topic for the argument paper is that children should be spanked as a means of punishment as there are many benefits to spanking. I chose this because it is something that is debated regularly by parents and spanking as punishment is under high scrutiny these days. I do plan to state in my paper how many people reported that they do still in fact spank as many people these days believe that it is rarely used anymore due to it being “hurtful” for the child. Some of the main points that support the argument of spanking are: a psychology professor at Calvin College in Michigan, interviewed 179 teenagers. The facts concluded show that teenagers that were spanked up to the age of six actually had performed better in school than those who were not spanked. The facts also showed that these individual’s that were spanked, were more eager and interested about college, wanted to partake in volunteer work, and overall had a better outlook on life than those who were not spanked.
As one author stated, “The number of children committing crimes in the United States is staggering. Where is the discipline that these children should be receiving at home? I was raised to understand that if I did something wrong, I would be punished for it—not coddled, and certainly not allowed to believe it is okay to have a bad attitude or to show a lack of respect. I spank my own children to reinforce the fact that wrongdoings will be punished, not tolerated” (Spanking Children, 197-224).
I think that for me, the greatest challenge of writing this paper will be trying to find enough statistics to support my argument, and tying them all together to be a well- organized paper. I want to make sure that all of the claims are supported and the paper is detailed and filled with factual information. I also want the paper to be specific and overall just well written. I want to obviously persuade my audience into also seeing why spanking is actually and good punishments for children and that there are pros to spanking.
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