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Video clips: South Korea

With comments by C. Farrell

South Korea - Australian TV programme

This 15-minute programme is originally from January 2011. The Australian reporter visits South Korea to find out about corporal punishment in schools. Kim Yeoung-Hwa, an educational writer and former teacher, believes strongly in corporal punishment: "To say that you can teach a student without it is wrong", she claims. After the news media publicised certain incidents where teachers had lost control and resorted to violence against students, officials in some parts of the country banned CP altogether. However, many teachers and parents fought back -- arguing that without corporal punishment, there will be chaos. A spokesman for the teachers' union tries to make the rather obvious point that it is not actually hard to tell the difference between what is clearly brutality, such as angry punches around the head and random violent lashing-out, which of course is wrong under any system, and proper corporal punishment, carried out in a formal and measured manner according to well-understood rules, which could usefully be retained if it were regulated properly. A parent claims that caning helps her son to learn. The programme also visits a high school whose principal is opposed to CP, where some students seem to spend most of their lessons asleep.


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