No, you haven’t woken up in some alternate universe. The year really is 2018 and teachers in Texas really are campaigning for corporal punishment to be reinstated, despite the fact that the barbaric practice was banned across most of the world in the 20th century.
As of 2015, corporal punishment is banned in 31 states. However, in the south of the country, it remains popular to paddle children whilst in the classroom, with states such as Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida all still permitting corporal punishment.
In fact, as of 2014, a student is hit every 30 seconds in an American public school, as reported by The Washington Post.
However, classroom punishments may be just about to get much more dramatic in The Three Rivers Independent School District, situated just south of San Antonio, Texas. The education board in this area is calling to have paddling reinstated to help them instill fear into disobedient students who don’t respond to verbal warnings and detention.
Listen to the discussion here and decide how it makes you feel…
The Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA) defines corporal punishment as “deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping, or any other physical force used as a means of discipline.”
In order to achieve this, the district has asked parents to provide permission for their child to be paddled with a wooden board should they misbehave, and surprisingly many of them are not hesitating in signing their child up for a dose of physical punishment.
Of course, paddling is a controversial act. There are those who believe that it can provoke a child to become fearful of attending school and those who worry that the act can cause a child real physical and psychological trauma.
However, it would appear that that hasn’t deterred parents from allowing their child to be physically punished by their teachers. In fact, many support the practice, believing that the act may help their child be more attentive at school and thus at home too.
Several parents argued that if the child is brought up correctly at home, there is no need for them to be concerned about being paddled at school for the chances are it won’t be necessary.
“If parents would teach their children how to act right, they wouldn’t have to worry about they’re kid getting paddled at school. I say if you don’t want someone to teach your kids respect, DO IT YOURSELF!” wrote one supportive parent on Twitter.
Meanwhile, another typed: “Do a little research on kids who were spanked and see that they are much more likely to end up in prison than kids who were disciplined with other methods. Paddling has no place in any school or home.”
On the other hand, one disapproving parent took to social media to rage about the idea: “If anyone ever touched my kid, I would beat them senseless. Nope, no way. I would pay for private school.”
Of course, it is entirely up to each individual parent how their child is handled whilst at school. But surely it can’t be fair if one is paddled by a teacher for bad behavior and another isn’t?