If you’re a product of the “baby boomer” generation those individuals born after WWII, then most likely you heard this old adage “spare the rod spoil the child”, which actually appeared in a Bible passage, which perhaps also explains the double misfortune of being both a “baby boomer” and a student within a Catholic and or parochial school environment, where corporal punishment was right up there with “reading, writing and arithmetic.”
However corporal punishment wasn’t only confined to Catholic and or parochial schools, they simply had a more efficient way of dispensing some sort of physical punishment to the child back in the day.
Although corporal punishment has been banned from almost all school districts (including within most Catholic and or parochial schools), in the United States, along with actually teaching “reading, writing and arithmetic.” There is one school district that has decided that a good old-fashion paddle on the rump might actually improve moral discipline and perhaps a better learning environment.
Superintendent Mary Springs of Three Rivers, Texas told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times: “If the parent is not comfortable with it (corporal punishment), that’s the end of the discussion.”
Corporal punishment, as defined by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times; “is the deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping, or any other physical force used as a means of discipline.”
The Independent School District unanimously decided to bring back some form of corporal punishment for those students who continually misbehave in school.
However, there’s a strict code-of-conduct that must be followed before a student is subject to corporal punishment. Paddling can only be done by a “behavior coordinator” or the principal. And of course, parental permission is required before any justice is dispensed to the misbehaving rump in question.
Springs acknowledged to that they will be tracking the number of punishments delivered in comparison to years before: “We will look at how many discipline referrals were made compared to last year and how many times (corporal punishment) was administered. If it reduces the number of discipline referrals, then that is a good thing.”
Moreover, Texas is one of 15 states that allow corporal punishment.
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