A school board in Marion County, Florida is considering bringing back paddling of students to their public schools. There are several states in this country that paddling is legal. I don't think this form of corporal punishment is carried out very often, but some think this may be the answer to correct the bad behavior of some of our children. There are so many factors to consider when you are going to be paddling someone's child. Some questions I would have are: Would the parents be notified in advance? Would the parents have the option to be present? How is the amount of paddles decided?
I just think that when a child misbehaves in school, it should be the parent that metes out the discipline. There are many parents that don't believe in corporal punishment. They don't spank their children because they prefer alternative methods of discipline. I would not want to give a teacher permission to paddle my child because I may not agree with the reason for the paddling. I think paddling might have worked in years past, but this is a different world, and I am not so sure I would trust some of these teachers judgment to give them permission to paddle my child.
Do you think it is a good idea to bring paddling back to schools?