Thursday, August 5, 2010

To paddle or not to paddle students - CNN.com

If we are going to outlaw it, we need some evidence that kids that have never been spanked actually perform better, and we really don't have that yet.
--Marjorie Gunnoe, psychology professor

This is from the linked article.  I don’t know about you, but I find it scary and bordering on appalling that evidence is needed about school performance in order to make a decision on whether or not corporal punishment is acceptable.

What happened to the idea of valuing the human dignity and respect of each child?  A relationship based on power and intimidation cannot possibly co-exist in an environment in which we are asked to also nurture, support, and  be a role model for students.

I wonder if any of these advocates would think it is ok for a store manager or movie theatre usher to paddle their child if they misbehaved in those settings.  I would bet a law suit would be forthcoming.

To paddle or not to paddle students - CNN.com

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