This assignment required the class to choose a topic that we support and write an article with an opposing view. The assignment’s requirements included using three references to write an article based upon information found in each reference. The topic I chose was corporal punishment. The following is my point of view of the assignment.
I learned a lot while researching this assignment. Raised in a home where spankings were used as a form of punishment, I thought that spankings were a way of life for children who misbehaved. Granted, the spankings didn’t happen very often (they were an effective deterrent) but I never knew about the long-term affects corporal punishment could have on children.
Upon completion of this assignment, from a parenting standpoint, I can see valid reasons why parents might prefer an alternate form of discipline other than corporal punishment for their children. From a journalistic standpoint, I see the importance of being open-minded enough to write an unbiased article, even if it means going against something that you personally do not agree with.