To paddle or not to paddle.. that's the question.
Should we allow this once again in our schools?
A Georgia school’s decision to reinstate paddling has sparked a nationwide debate over corporal punishment, which remains legal in 20 states despite the trend against it.
Students from the Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics (GSIC) – a K-through-9 school – were sent home with forms asking parents for consent to paddle their children. About a third of the parents consented, according to reports.
“There was a time where corporal punishment was kind of the norm in school and you didn't have the problems that you have,” the school superintendent told a local TV station.
Paddling would happen only on the third offense, and only in front of another adult witness. According to the consent form, the paddle will be made of wood and won’t be bigger than 24 inches in length, six inches in width, and three-fourths of an inch thick. Students whose parents don’t consent to paddling will be punished via suspension.
What do you think? Good idea? Bad idea? Why?
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