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BRING BACK LICKS
Since corporal punishment was reinstated in Temple, Texas May 2009, the level of class disruption dramatically decreased. And there's only been a few times that paddling was even administered!! That is exactly what Leal sees for Dallas ISD. It's more the threat of getting licks, NOT handing them out left and right. Current Dallas school board member, Lew Blackburn, beautifully compared corporal punishment to cops carrying guns. "How many of them have ever had to use them? VERY FEW. But people know to NOT get out of control around a police officer." So try an cut back on the demonizing hate mail ok? :-)
The district has lost control in dealing with disruption. Referrals? Big deal. In School Suspension? Easy. Once upon a time in the Dallas Independent School District when licks were around, ISS was not!
According to the Texas Education Agency (TEA), here are the latest numbers for In School Suspension (ISS) and Out of School Suspension (OSS) in DISD.
2008-09 -- 12,906 (iss); 18,236 (oss)
2007-08 -- 13,870 (iss); 17,315 (oss)
2006-07 -- 13,006 (iss); 16,213 (oss)
2005-06 -- 10,722 (iss); 14,942 (oss)
2004-05 -- 7,475 (iss); 11,936 (oss) Paddling voted out
2003-04 -- 7,117 (iss) 11,902 (oss)
See why teachers are stressed? They deal with disruption EVERY DAY and it shows. They're taking more sick days from actual stress related ailments. For some, teaching is 60% and discipline is 40%.
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