WRITING TASK 2
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Present a written argument or case to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the following 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?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
There is a popular belief that punishing the children as early as possible is essential for teaching them to distinct the right from wrong. While I firmly disagree with the physical and verbal types of punishment, I believe that constructive forms of punishment could be an effective discipline method if applied correctly.
There are two main reasons why I strongly believe that physical and verbal punishment are not a solution for long-term results. Firstly, corporal punishment, such as slapping or spanking, fails to have a long-lasting effect on children’s misbehavior. This is because they will not become self-conscious about their mistakes, instead, they will stop their wrong behavior just to avoid punishment. For example, those children that are afraid of getting caught are more cautious to behave well only in the presence of their parents. Secondly, verbal punishment, such as shaming or using cruel words, could seriously harm the internal motivation of the children, making it almost impossible for them to find the right way of behaving when their parents are not around to guide them.
On the other hand, I consider that using forms of punishment which are positive and constructive could be an effective method for children’s discipline. One constructive punishment could be letting the children choose their actions, while teaching them to take their full responsibility for their actions through penalties. Children tend to act according to their ideas of what is right or wrong when they are encouraged to make decisions and face the resulting consequences. For instance, if a little boy causes serious damage to the TV screen when playing football indoor, the best method to teach him to distinguish between right and wrong is to require him to pay for the damage with money from his allowance.
In conclusion, while I strongly disagree with corporal and verbal punishment, I believe that punishment, if applied correctly, could be effective in teaching children to distinguish between right and wrong.
WRITING TASK 2