The use of corporal punishment in schools as a form of discipline is legal in 19 states with most of the participating schools allowing parents to opt out of the practice. Should corporal punishment be banned in the remaining 19 states?
No - it should be reïnstated in the remaining 31.
I don't like the idea of teaching children that violence is both a way of exercising authority and a way of resolving problems.
Growing up in the 80's, there was no option. We got spanked at school. Kids had a healthy fear of getting sent to the Principals office. Nowadays, kids just shoot up the school instead. No fear is not a good thing.
I don't think fear is going to make them less likely to pick up a gun, especially given media image of the power firearms supposedly confer.
I would beat the living hell out of anyone who hit my child, and I would write that directly on the opt out form.
Probably should be unbanned in the other 31.
No, but it should be opt-in, not opt-out.
Only sick freaks would do this to a child.
The better question would be "Should it be brought back in the other 31 States?"
That would make a good question too.
That's exactly what I was thinking!!
I think corporal punishment is only okay from the child's parents. Even then there is an appropriate age range.
It should never be done out of anger
When we lived in MS I had to sign an opt-out form. I used a highlighter pen on the form to make sure there was no confusion that were NOT allowed to touch my child.
However, it WAS an option- Yes or No.
I don't see a problem with having a choice.
Seems like that ought to be up to the parents.
No. Schools already seem to have excessive power here and such things are easily abused. My mother was caned every morning for a year, reason made up each time. She has no idea why, that teacher just disliked her for some reason.
I'm sorry about your mother Fred.
What in earth is canned?
Look up caning. Trust me, it can easily be cruel.
How old was she?
About 14 I think.
No. It's use need to be more widespread, with parental approval.
Classrooms are out of control.
And spanking kids fixes it, got it.
I said with parental approval. :-)
I disagree that classrooms in general are out of control. Mine have never once been that way and I think most aren't. However, I am sure there are some teachers who don't understand good discipline techniques.
Not spanking kids; but I think it's appropriate for kids to have respect for and maybe a little fear of their elders. I had a teacher of mine get clobbered in the head with a chair a student hit him with. Gave him a concussion. The kid? Suspended.
Okie, do you believe this'd be done with love, in the true spirit of being instructive/constructive? Or, is it conceivable after dealing with children of all types, every day, that this could become an outlet for frustration, annoyance, even anger?
Whatever the parents allow.
I have great respect for you and your position. In a situation where a teacher would strike my son, I will be the parent that has my son sent to the office, and be called IMMEDIATELY.
We will both arrive at the same place, from different avenues. :)
I agree some students fear nothing we do to them. Maybe they would hesitate to talk back if we still swung the board. It made my brothers and many of my class mates think twice. They laugh at detention and In School Suspension.
As I said before even parents have no right to hit children, I firmly believe that. Just because you donated sperm or spat them out your womb doesn't mean they're your torture doll for 18 yrs. teachers? They're not even your kids. Hands the F off.
I hesitate to say on record what I'd do to someone who did this to my child.
I would unleash hellfire and fury on any government bureaucrat that touched my child.
Ditto, but I'd include non-government people as well. I don't care who foots the bill, what difference does it make?
I figured that was implied. I won't ever use violence against my children and I'll be damned before I let someone else try it.
At the very least, make it opt-in with the child's and parents' consent. I would like to see it banned though.
Why are people saying no? Serious question
Because we do not need federal laws people can decide for themselves.
So all federal laws are unnecessary? And it never specified federal either, it could be the states.
Yeah I'm not seeing the argument. If people want it banned, why should it not be banned? Just because it could be the federal government doing it?
Corporal punishment is allowed in NC schools. Our county does NOT allow it.
Corporal punishment should not be in schools. A child should never fear going to school. It should be a safe place.
Exactly. And it doesn't really solve anything. Beating and spanning aren't dealing with the issue that caused the problem. Any punishment worth doing should attempt to correct the child's behavior whether at school or home, not be aggressive like that
I'm out by the coast