Temple, Texas has had it with out-of-control kids in their schools and have brought back the paddle. I can’t say that I blame them. I’m friends with too many teachers to have been able to escape from hearing the horror stories that they have to put up with each day. Kids have escaped consequences in our schools for so long that they’ve learned that they can get away with just about anything. Our teachers are suffering and so are the other students in the classes who do strive for excellence and who are constantly distracted, bombarded and harassed by those unruly and rebellious kids who have grown up without the discipline that WE had when we were in school.
Fourteen city schools and their boards voted unanimously to bring back the paddle, and the changes that they’ve seen in their high school as a result, has been dramatically successful. My husband can attest, that as a kid, a threat with a “ride on Lone Star” (the name of his particular spanking belt) was enough to jerk him to attention.
When the boards vote for it, the PARENTS want it, and the students yearn for an improvement in their learning environment, what right does the federal government, led by a small minority of hippie, liberal activists, have to step in and block it? We aren’t talking beatings… we are speaking about a last resort, corporal punishment that consists of a few stinging swats on the behind for big boys and girls who REFUSE to obey in the classroom, to the extent that it is detrimental to the rest of the class.
I like the quote at the end of the article. “It’s like speeding,” said Bill Woodward, a graphic designer. “Are they going to give you a speeding ticket, or . . . a warning? I’d speed all day if I knew it was going to be a warning.”