Corporal punishment has become a controversial way for adults to discipline children.
However, it hasn’t always been that way. People who grew up in previous generations, such as the baby boomer demographic lived by the “spare the rod, spoil the child” mentality when it came to dealing with defiant children. Parents even encouraged the teachers of their children to to reinforce that rule in the classroom when the parents were not present.
Things definitely changed in society somewhere along the way. Child protection agencies in states across the U.S. take reports of corporal punishment very seriously. If you cause a child to break a fingernail while you’re spanking them, you run the risk of getting your child taken away if someone reports you to the state.
The rights of parents to paddle their children in the home are going away, but this is not the case when it comes to the rights teachers have to paddle children at school.
The U.S. states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming still haven’t outlawed paddling in the classroom in their school districts.
This reality begs the following question: If parents aren’t allowed to paddle their children, should it be okay for teachers to be paddling their students? “There is a cultural element in support for [corporal punishment], notably among black parents in the rural South,” said Dennis Parker, director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program.
Even in the states where corporal punishment is illegal, there are still a number of cases of children being disciplined with corporal punishment that slip through the cracks. Many of these children have special needs and do not have the proper channels of representation to get their voice heard. Read more about this debate-sparking issue by clicking the hyperlinked source below.