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April 26, 2005

Ohio school takes a swat at better discipline

From Agape Press:

Pike County Schools banned paddling back in 1993. However, after receiving strong backing from members of the community, corporal punishment is back in use. Pete Dunn, the principal of Western Elementary School in Latham, says since paddling was reinstated, misbehavior among students has declined substantially.

The principal notes that students are not paddled for misbehavior if their parents do not approve of corporal punishment. But he explains that "well over half" of the parents of the students at his school have agreed that they want that as a form of punishment, and have signed a waiver giving him permission to spank their children if they misbehave. That, Dunn says, has led to fewer problems in the classroom.

"If you don't have corporal punishment -- and [if] your other means of taking away recess and detentions in school aren't working -- then the only other thing you're left with is suspending a kid," the principal observes. "So what sense does it make if you had a kid that, say, skipped school; and then you're going to suspend him and give him three more days out for skipping school? It doesn't make a whole lot of sense."

Some argue that spanking teaches kids to hit. These would be the same people that have no problem with police carrying guns in an effort to keep people from using guns, or locking people up in an effort to discourage such crimes as kidnapping, or police exceeding the speed limit in order to catch up to a motorist they plan to give a speeding ticket to.

As the saying goes, “The proof of the pudding is in the eating”. Corporal punishment is one of many useful tools is instilling discipline in a young life. When used properly and consistently it is extremely effective.

In the end, Pike County Schools new policy has turned out to be a spanking success.

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 26, 2005 10:32 AM

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