Morally unethical. Scientifically an ineffective means of discipline. Personally, as a public middle school science teacher, I could not imagine inflicting pain or discomfort on a child I've promised to nurture. Unbelievable that this is still present in our day and time.
“He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.”
(Proverbs 13:24 NKJV)
“Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of correction will drive it far from him.” (Proverbs 22:15 NKJV)
“Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. You shall beat him with a rod, and deliver his soul from hell.”
(Proverbs 23:13-14 NKJV)
“The rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.”
(Proverbs 29:15 NKJV)
“Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
(Hebrews 12:11 NKJV)
If God thinks that spanking is not only appropriate but wise, who are we to say it's not?
When one of my sons played hooky from school, I watched the principal give him a paddling; then when we got home, I gave him another one. Spanking is HARDLY cruel and inhuman punishment! Mind you, I'm not talking about beating a child! And incidentally, my son never skipped school again.
Violence begets violence and negative builds on negative, in life and in school. When violence occurs in school at the hands of the adults teaching children, children learn that violence is an option in life. They learn because they are taught by the same adults who are teaching them Math, Reading, Social Studies. Anytime adults hurt children there is a power imbalance and bullying and abuse have just occurred. Aren't we, as a society, incredibly concerned about bullying? Why would we sanction, institutionalize, abuse and bullying? Why would this even be a question. No to corporal punishment, yes to this bill.
Corporal punishment HAS NOT been found to be an effective discipline strategy for increasing compliance in children. The egregious costs of this antiquated and outdated disciplinary strategy do more harm than good to the children of our Nation. Corporal punishment has been associated with adverse outcomes for children, such as increased physical aggression and antisocial behaviors, higher estimates of mental health problems, and lower academic achievement. These data do not even acknowledge large disparities between race and disability. Not only will this bill eliminate corporal punishment in public schools, it will give school districts the opportunity to apply for grants from the Secretary in order to receive assistance. These grants can be used to implement positive behavioral supports within their schools- programs that aim to inform teachers on nonviolent disciplinary tactics to encourage positive behaviors and reduce problem behaviors, such as positive and negative reinforcement. This bill transcends state's rights and tackles a more pressing and important matter: the safety of our Country's children, and their future impact on our society.
Violence begets violence. Schools are a place where children learn the value of reasoning and discussion. Teachers and principals should embody those values especially when taking disciplinary action. Don't teach kids to bully by example.
Research has shown that corporal punishment is not an effective means for changing children's behavior. Our schools need to embrace positive behavior management strategies and focus on mental health prevention.
School is a privilege. There are more effective ways to address children's behavior than corporal punishment. What are we teaching our kids if we allow this? That resorting to violence is the most effective way of solving a problem?