posted on Dec, 17 2012 @ 07:07 PM
Corporal punishment is the tool of weak teachers and weak parents who can't assert their authority without violence. I tutor disadvantaged children
that most schools view as a lost cause. Grades 4-12. They are violent. They are loud. They are angry. And I have helped over 80 of the older students
graduate on time with the lowest GPA being 3.4. Half of them have gone on to flagship state schools, a handful are in top 20 colleges now. These are
children growing up in horrible parts of Atlanta exposed to drugs, crime and poverty the likes of which most people can't even conceptualize. You know
what I haven't done to any of them? Spanked them. Hit them.
If you want to fix children, fix yourself. These days, a teacher's job is hard. They have to actually PAY ATTENTION to the needs of 30+ children at a
time. Most don't do this. Not because they are terrible people, but the changed nature of the job means that only truly excellent and intelligent
people succeed in changing the lives of their students.
These children want attention and to be treated with respect. They are growing up faster than any generation before them because of the sheer amount
of information (whether it is good or bad) available to them. An average person has trouble understanding the changing nature of each generation. You
see this in how just about every older generation thinks the one that comes after it is worse in some way shape or form. It is not worse, it is simply
different and the fault lies with the parents and teachers being unwilling or unable to adapt.
You want to fix society? Make anyone who has any contact with children become educated in pedagogy, child psychology, effective teaching methods, the
role and rules of self-confidence (no child should ever be able to make you angry. You are a freaking adult), non-verbal communication, literature,
philosophy... As Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living.
Corporal punishment is a relic. If you want to fix what is wrong with schools and children these days, fix your own ass first. This is not the 60's.
Every last bit of information one could possibly need to become an expert on children is available online. WE are their examples. WE are their role
models. We adults need to be better than we are before we can fix anything. Does corporal punishment work? As the OP said, yes, we are beasts. If you
want our children to be as docile as a trained monkeys, or no better than the last generation; by all means, continue. Instead, if you want our
children to go out there and kick the world in the ass, conceptualize and begin development on a semi-autonomous robot using Arduino, and pick up a
second language (both of these things from the same FOURTEEN year old former drug runner, by the way), then you are going to want to treat them like
humans. Not monkeys.
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