Some people believe that children will have a promising future if they are always rewarded by their parents or teachers when they well-behave. However, other people argue that if the children misbehave, they should be punished so that they could be qualified citizens. Discuss both sides and give your own opinion.
In the long course of human history, reward and punishment have always been used as a tool of education for parents and teachers. At the same time, debate about which one should prevail over the other also never ends.
For some people, punishment is the better way of education as an old saying goes “Spare the rod, spoil the child”. They believe that when children are punished if they do something wrong, they will remember this experience forever since this is a hard-learned lesson for them. In this way, for fear of being punished, children will avoid making the same mistakes again. Thus gradually becoming a well-behaved citizen in the society.
While those in favor of reward as a way of education believe that reward encourages children to do good things actively instead of passively refraining from doing bad things out of fear of being punished. By this means, reward can help children develop the habit of behaving themselves. Nevertheless, in terms of punishment, it is likely that children do bad things purposely in the absence of their parents and teachers as a way of rebellion.
In my opinion, reward and punishment are not opposing but complementary to each other. Using reward alone can be the excuse for children not to do decent things if they know doing this will not bring them benefits. Gradually, reward may turn to the only reason for children’s action or inaction. At the same time, if we use punishment alone, children may do bad things purposely to rebel against their parents’ or teachers’ coercion. However, when children are rewarded and punished at the appropriate time, they will remember this experience more clearly and gradually develop to be a well-behaved citizen.