Posted on: April 10, 2008 6:45 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2008 6:49 pm

Corporal Punishment in Public Schools

I remember when I was in grade school if I acted up my 4th grade teacher would take me into the coat closet and give me a couple good whacks with her special paddle that hung on a hook by the door that had inscribed on it "Use When Needed". As a hyper little hellion I seemed to need it a lot. Now she never hit me that hard or never gave more than about 3 whacks.

I remember once when I did something real stupid Mrs, Loidalt actually paddled me in front of the class. I was sooo humbled by that experience I behaved like an absolute angel for the rest of the entire day.

My point is I got paddled a lot in grade school and I suffer no emotional or physical scars from the experience. I probably was a better more attentive student as a result. A little fear and a red ass can be a great motivator at times. And the school had written permission from my parents to deal with me in the best way they saw fit.

Now the student teacher relationship and parent teacher relationships are ordered down from policy wonks and school boards (also wonks) and in some cases legislated into law.

Should the teachers and schools take charge of the students education and enforce student discipline at their own discretion?

Should we continue to spare the rod and spoil the child. Or should we beat the brats into speaking proper English.
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