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August 3

Would You Also Support Paddling of Disobedient Students?

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A district in Texas brought back a negative enforcement as corporal punishment – Paddling. To get better grades for delinquent students, they have to be paddled. There might be a few evidence that corporal punishment helps students behave or have better scores in their tests, the Three Rivers Independent School board of trustees in South Texas think it will help. They have already  given their teachers paddles in case the students misbehave. They say that the teacher really needs the device to control their students.

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Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA) defines corporal punishment as:

“Deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping or any other physical force used as a mean of discipline.” The school district really hopes that the classroom behavior of the students will improve with the help of paddles. They are certain that better classroom behavior leads to retaining more information and improving failing test scores.

Even though it is already in active, parents are given the decision to opt-in or opt-out. Even though they are eager to sign their children into more aggressive in-school disciplinary actions, they need to provide both written and verbal consent that they want their children to be paddled in the classroom. With both requirements provided, many parents signed up.

The school district doesn’t force the parents to have their children paddled. Instead, they’re giving them the opportunity to have their children paddled. According to the the school district’s superintendent Mary Springs, ”If the parent is not comfortable with it, that’s the end of the discussion.”

Now every time that a student disobeys a teacher, teachers will break the school rules and they’ll be paddled. The Three Rivers Elementary School behavior coordinator, Andrew Amaro, is excited to bring back paddling. He was the one who promoted the idea of paddling to school officials. Amaro said that when he was growing up, paddling was used and very effective. He is certain that it is better than giving the students detention or suspension.

“I believe it worked,” Amaro said when ask about being paddled as a child. “It was an immediate response for me. I knew that if I got in trouble with a teacher and I was disrespectful, whatever the infraction was, I knew I was going to be swat by the principal.”

Oppositions to corporal punishment point that statistics show students of color are more likely to receive a paddling.

Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr wrote a letter asking states to ban corporal punishment. But 22 states still allow it in their schools.

“Approximately 40,000 — or more than one-third — of those students who were subjected to corporal punishment are black; black students, by comparison, make up only 16 percent of the total public school student population,” King wrote. “Similarly, in states where students were subjected to corporal punishment, black boys were 1.8 times as likely as white boys to be subject to corporal punishment, and black girls were 2.9 times as likely as white girls to be subject to corporal punishment.”

So do you also support paddling of disobedient students? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.


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