IELTS,TOEFL and PTE Academic Writing Task
The Essay Question:
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 punishments should parents and teachers be allowed to use to teach good behaviour for children?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Imparting knowledge of what is right and wrong is significant since the early years of children and punishment is required to teach the same. I completely agree with this, although with lighter penalties to teach them good values.
To begin with, punishing would instil a positive way of living amongst little ones that would be ingrained in them, building a strong foundation for their life. For instance, at a young age if a child is punished for not washing hands before eating, he or she would imbibe the simple yet valuable healthy habit. Besides, the popular adage, ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’, is valid in every age. Letting go of wrongs done by children will send a wrong message to them and they would continue similar activities. To exemplify, a child not punished for stealing would perpetuate the act that would be tantamount to encouraging them.
Nevertheless, punishments ought to be mild so as not to harm a child mentally or physically. Parents may punish a child by banning use of gadgets, various devices, television viewing and play time or by stopping their pocket money. This would give a lesson to their offspring regarding wrong and correct deeds. On the other hand, teachers can punish little ones by increasing their homework or cancelling their school games time, so as to teach moral values to a child. Additionally, stay back at school with assignments, can be another way of penalising for incorrect actions.
To conclude, I believe that punishment by parents and teachers is indispensable for education of children about right and wrong deeds. However, it must be mild and not harsh so that there is no harm at a bodily or mind level.