It’s the 21st century. Gone are the days of teachers wielding rulers and wooden paddles in order to discipline misbehaving students. Or are they? A man in Dallas is pushing the local school district to bring back corporal punishment. A former tutor in the Dallas Independent School District, Gilbert Leal argues that the threat of corporal punishment — along with better classroom management and training teachers how to defuse situations — have “helped decrease disciplinary problems,” according to a story published by Dallas’ WFAA-TV. What do you think? Is corporal punishment on its way in again? And does it really work? Or are we taking a step backward in the discipline of our children? In what situations is corporal punishment appropriate, if at all?
The practice of spanking or paddling disruptive students in the classrooms was discontinued because educators found that “discipline by humiliation and pain” was not a productive method of dealing with these children. Let’s not go backward with Gilbert Leal’s argument of the “threat of corporal punishment.”