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Do you believe teachers should be able to physically punish your children?

Posted by on Sep. 18, 2013 at 8:25 AM
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School Wants Parents to Sign Permission Slips Allowing Teachers to Hit Kids

by Kiri Blakeley

When you send your child off to school, you're generally not even imagining that a teacher could smack your kid. Or are you? Apparently, this still goes on to the extent that at least one school system sent home an "opt-out" form to parents, to let them choose whether or not their kids could be subjected to corporal punishment. A mother was so appalled that she sent the letter to a media outlet. According to the school system:

Parents or legal guardians who do not want corporal punishment to be administered to their child/children must inform the principal of the school on an annual basis.

I'll be honest. I had no idea this stuff was still happening and that it's so widespread. But apparently, it is.

K.J. Dell'Antonia writes in The New York Times that corporal punishment is still allowed in 19 states. And not even just allowed. Some parents actually want this for their kids.

The school that sent home the corporal punishment permission slip says that "many parents still wish for this to be done, hence the permission form."

Wow. Just. Wow.

The states that allow this form of punishment in schools are mostly in the South: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming. Although some counties within those states forbid it.

But the weirdest thing? Even if you sign a form saying you are opting OUT of allowing your kid to get spanked in class, it still could happen. An education reporter said that there's not much you can do against a school or teacher that spanks your kid even if you didn't check the box allowing it.

There is scant evidence that corporal punishment teaches your child to behave any better than other methods. But for me, the thing that makes this so egregious is that it would happen in front of other children in class. Spankings don't come with a lot of physical force -- and if they DID, would you want some stranger possibly injuring your child? Spankings are mostly about humiliation. And there's so many more ways to humiliate a kid than using physical force.

I'll always remember back-talking a teacher when I was about 12. His voice boomeranged off the walls as he yelled at me to get out of class and stand in the hallway. As I stood there, quite embarrassed and scared, classes began to let out, and every single kid who passed me in the hallway smirked and laughed at me. It happened decades ago and yet I remember it like yesterday. Absolutely NO physical punishment required! I didn't do much back-talking after that.

Do you believe teachers should be able to physically punish your children? Should it be allowed in schools at all?

by on Sep. 18, 2013 at 8:25 AM
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LaughCryLive
by Silver Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 8:31 AM

no.

no.

jhslove
by Bronze Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 8:31 AM

No, I don't. We don't use physical punishment in our home.

But I think the fact that this is even a question shows the need for parents to teach their children the expectation that they behave in school so that the teacher can teach and the other students can learn. I wasn't spanked growing up, but I behaved in school because I knew that if I got in trouble and my parents found out, there would be serious consequences. School was the absolute priority, and that message was reinforced every day, both explicitly and implicitly.



SuzCahn
by Bronze Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 8:33 AM

 No way.

candlegal
by Judy on Sep. 18, 2013 at 8:34 AM
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I remember the same thing, lol



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I'll always remember back-talking a teacher when I was about 12. His voice boomeranged off the walls as he yelled at me to get out of class and stand in the hallway. As I stood there, quite embarrassed and scared, classes began to let out, and every single kid who passed me in the hallway smirked and laughed at me. It happened decades ago and yet I remember it like yesterday. Absolutely NO physical punishment required! I didn't do much back-talking after that

romalove
by Roma on Sep. 18, 2013 at 8:35 AM

No way in hell.

goldpandora
by Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 8:41 AM

I live in Europe. Any teacher who laid hands on a student would be arrested for assault.

prommy
by Silver Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 8:42 AM

 No! All it takes is for one teacher who is in a really bad mood and the spanking gets a little too hard. That is asking for trouble.

AvengedMommy101
by Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Hell no. If anyone ever put their hands on my child they wouldn't like the beating I'd give them in return.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 8:46 AM

No. i don't believe teachers should be able to physically punish my child. Coercion is an ineffective behavior management strategy and purposely hurting children is creepy and weird.

Should it be allowed? I guess that would be up to the parents who use that school.

PinkButterfly66
by Gold Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 8:51 AM
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Nope, it should be illegal in all 50 states.

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