Um, this is news to me.
According to The New York Times, school officials are still allowed to hit kids:
While the image of the high school principal patrolling the halls with paddle in hand is largely of the past, corporal punishment is still alive in 20 states, according to the Center for Effective Discipline, a group that tracks its use in schools around the country and advocates for its end. Most of those states are in the South, where paddling remains engrained in the social and family fabric of some communities.
Apparently, in those 20 states there’s an annual debate over “whether corporal punishment amounts to an archaic form of child abuse or an effective means of discipline.”
That’s still a question? Seriously?
In the 2005–2006 school year, over 220,000 children were subjected to corporal punishment, according to the Department of Education. Over 220,000 children were hit as a form of punishment.
There’s even a formal organization called People Opposed to Paddling Students. That would make sense … if we still took dumps in outhouses and each had to milk our own cows. Now, I don’t want to step on the toes of the different cultures and traditions throughout our country. Actually, screw it. Yes I do.
If you still support corporal punishment in schools, you need a straitjacket. You should be locked in a room with padded walls until you change your mind. In fact, that’s a more civil punishment than paddling a kid.
How is it OK to hit a defenseless student with a wooden paddle? How do 20 states still allow this?
A school official in Kansas said that corporal punishment is “one of the tools in the tool box we use for discipline.” If you need a metaphorical tool box to discipline kids—one that contains an actual paddle—you suck at your job. Plain and simple.
Another school in New Orleans argued that “paddling for minor offenses has been instrumental in helping St. Augustine build character and achieve high graduation rates.”
Do these people still think that smoking is good for you? Is the Earth the center of the universe? Do you not go swimming because you’re afraid you’ll fall off the edge?
You know, we’re all lucky as hell to be living in the U.S. It’s great to be a member of the “First World.” But stories like this make you realize how fundamentally screwed up some things still are. Sure, we’re in the First World—compared to everyone else. But really, until crap like this stops, we’ll never be as advanced as we like to think we are.
Go read this Times article. Come back and tell me I’m not mad.