We asked last week for opinions on corporal punishment in schools which the AP says still happens in 19 states. This came in from reader Tom Billing:
“As retired teacher with over 35 years of experience, I am firmly opposed to this. First of all, it appears that parents today support their child in every dispute with teachers so they would not support the practice. I can still remember a fellow musician storming into an elementary school to confront the principal about paddling his son. Thirty-five years ago parents were more in support of teachers in disciplinary matters. Times have changed.
“Secondly, violence teaches students that violence is an option. Thirdly, I taught in many schools in Springfield City Schools and can tell you that the practice was most used in poorer, non-white schools. I am surprised frankly that this is still on the books in 19 states and know that in time it will end there as well.”
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