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Ocala, FL -
Three years after banning paddling, the Marion County school board agreed Tuesday to let elementary school principals resume the practice to punish misbehaving students. Officials approved the measure, which has been banned since 2010.
According to the Ocala Star-Banner, paddling can only be used in elementary schools, and only if a parent gives a standing written approval once a year. In addition, the principal must receive verbal permission before paddling the child. And a student can be paddled just once a semester.
Wow! What a controversial topic this has proven to be!
I'm an educator. Personally, I would like to see a form of discipline used in school that actually carried some weight. Writing "Johnny was bad," on a slip of paper is ineffective for children who already lack respect for authority. For them, a referral is an opportunity to miss class and do nothing. Many of their friends are behavior problems, too. That means they get to sit and wait in the front office together missing class time. There are students who actually taunt their teachers saying, "I can hit you and kick you, but if you do that to me, you'll get fired!"
There's a clear lack of respect here. It becomes impossible to conduct class or engage students in learning when punishment is not in the hands of the authority.
Lots if people are saying it's the parents' job to discipline, and I agree with the assertion in theory, but this assumes that the parent even cares about the child's behavior or takes an interest in the child's education. Moreover, the parent is not present in the classroom and if the teacher is not viewed as a disciplinarian, there will be no respect associated with his/her position.
I think the children should be forced to do intense physical labor that contributes to their communities rather than serve OSS or ISS. If they refuse to do this, they can be placed in juvenile penitentiaries for the equivalent number if days. They get a choice: classroom, hard physical work, or jail.
Make punishments concrete and undesirable. We are soft on kids and they are growing up entitled and ungrateful. Look at the difference between people aged 55+ and people under 35 and consider the difference in work ethic and conscientiousness.
No paddling? Fine. But enforce real consequences!
Originally posted by Robonakka
Paddling has it's place in school. But there needs to be solid barriers to prevent the abuse I endured in school. A school year lasts 180 days. In the 6th grade I got paddled 100 times. One nearly every day. I got them when school started because the principal would say "You're going to do something to deserve it so let's go ahead and get it out of the way." Then they put me in a closet in the office and left me there until school ended. I spent at least half of the 6th grade either being paddled or in that closet.
What happened to me must NEVER happen to anyone else, EVER. But as long as no kids are being beaten for un then I am ok with it.
Lots if people are saying it's the parents' job to discipline, and I agree with the assertion in theory, but this assumes that the parent even cares about the child's behavior or takes an interest in the child's education.
Originally posted by cconn487
Yes lets give a child a reason for wanting to bring a gun to school and shoot their teacher for embarrassing them in front of their friends.
Its 2013, if a 19 year old could take part in a bombing of his own accord, what is to stop a younger child from doing something horrible?
This is just plain stupidity.