Friday, April 16, 2010

Texas city brings back corporal punishment in school system

The city of Temple, Texas (near Fort Hood) has brought back corporal punishment as an option in the fourteen schools in its district, according to a story Friday April 16 by Michael Birnbaum, “Texas city revives paddling as it takes a swat at misbehavior,” link here.

Only administrators can wield the rod, and it’s been used only once so far, but the school district says that behavior has improved. It’s curious that the story focuses on classroom behavior problems in high school.

As I indicated on my main blog (especially the July 25, 2007 entry) I experienced a lot of discipline problems in middle school, but rarely in high school, but in one case the influence of gangs drove me out. Paddling hardly sounds relevant; suspension and police arrests do.

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