Until date, many parents and educators argue about what is the best way to punish an erring child. In many schools, corporal punishment is not in effect. However, one school in Georgia is flipping the script and bringing it back.
Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics, a K through 9 charter school, has decided to bring back paddling as a form of punishment. The school made the decision after parents took a survey asking if they would mind the return of corporal punishment.
Oddly, the form of punishment is quite old but still familiar to many parents. It is paddling. Jody Boulineau, Superintendent of GSIC explained that the nature of the punishment is clearly spelled out in the assent form.
...a student will be taken into an office behind closed doors. The student will place their hands on their knees or piece of furniture and will be struck on the buttocks with a paddle.
The punishment is not compulsory for all students, and the new rule says only three licks will be given to an erring student. For children whose parents do not assent, they will get up to 5 days of suspension.
Some states still maintain the paddling policy although there are only so many recorded incidents of students being disciplined this way. States include Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, Kansas, and Ohio.
While this may seem like a welcome development to some people, organizations like The American Academy of Pediatrics kick against any form of corporal punishment. They claim that paddling leads to self-image issues, disruptive behavior, and violence in the future.
What do parents think?
Opinions on the issue remain split as some commentators, mostly those who experienced physical punishment growing up, feel that schools like GSIC are taking a step in the right direction.
For other people, the issue of severity is a big problem. While they do not frown on paddling, for example, they feel that teachers and parents who use this method of punishment can get carried away and become violent.
What do you think about this issue? Are children generally better behaved if they are punished physically or is a time-out a better option?