ANSWERS: 44
  • Not corporal punishment I have problems with someone else hitting my kids, but they need to do something. Make them work if they do something wrong. People are getting lazy in this world I know I am one of them, but something needs done.
  • no you can not condone any sort of violence towards children
  • Should they bring back 'racial' segregation policies on public transport? Should they repeal the law that recognises sexual harassment? Should they relegalise child pornography? Should 'hysteria' become a valid legal and medical term again? How far back do you want to go? Wouldn't you rather just accept the present and all its wonderful advances?
  • bring back??? they still have it in the southern united states. i'm actually terrified to teach in the south; not that i'd ever have to do it, but that i would end up in a school where it was condoned. when i was in school (7 yrs out now), our parents had to sign forms and say whether or not it was permitted. my parents said 'NO'.
  • I don't think so, because not everybody punishes the way a parent would authorize. When I went to christian school years ago, my teachers were allowed to spank us. There was a special paddle with all of our names ingrained on it. The high schoolers got hit on the knuckles with a long ruler. Another punishment was to stand on the wall bending down, with our arms up in the air. My mom and dad knew the teachers, and my dad would come to school in a minute and pull me out of class and beat my behind it I acted up. I only got 2 paddles in my whole time of being a that school; stood on the wall about 3 times. There was always one other teacher there to witness the punishment. My dad was one of the music teachers out of 2, and he took his students and other classes to canada. We went to plays we went to tourist areas like Stanley park, Grouse mountian, the zoo and more. The rule was: if you act up once, you sit out for the whole time. In those days corporal punishment was just fine, these days you just don't know who your dealing with-especially in public schools. Every kid needs some discipline, and maybe if they had more in the homes and in the schools the kids would have more focus.
  • As a principal, it is my belief that if a child is behaving badly enough to warrant corporal punishment, they need to go home instead. It is not my place, nor do I want it to be, to spank someone else's child....and by the way....I live in the south. :-)
  • I dont believe people should beat children but we took a good fight against a bad thing and turned it into an overblown rights fest for children. now they think they can get away with anything and every other month or week or day one of them shoots somebody. paddling might be out of line but its the bottom and in court thats not child abuse. and smacking a wrist never caused permanent dammage maybe a red wrist but seriously people need to stop whining over small things like that and worry about the thousands of kids out there who are actually abused not just punished.
  • no. if my boys need disaplining, prove it to me. i'll take care of it.
  • Definitely not -- hitting is rather barbaric. If it's okay for teachers to hit their students, then is it okay for parents to hit their kids, or what about spousal abuse? I don't want to teach students that hitting is okay. I'd much prefer to teach people about compassion, inner peace, meditation, deep breathing, yoga, etc. Ah, I feel better already.
  • No...if someone else would hurt my kid...no matter what she did...I think I would kill them...
  • For some kids YES but not all. some kids you can try EVERYTHING and nothing gets to them and they just sit there and laugh at you in your face, if they got a good hit once in a while it might help out a little. Our parents were aloud to get hit, and I don't know about yours, but mine turned out all right.
  • Yes. Ask any teacher that taught school for many years. They had far fewer issues with students when the students knew they would get a few whacks on their rear ends. Now we (the taxpayers) have to fund school district police departments, hoards of behavorial counselors and several vice principals to deal with behavorial problems. Bust their tails from the first grade on and we can stop pouring money into cop's and counselors and spend most, if not all of our tax dollars on educational matters. Stop begging these little tyrants to mind and bust their tails. Tell them to sit down, shut up and to pay attention. If they refuse bust their tails a few more times, let the head coach do it and see how these little tyrants like that. Eventually we would take our schools back. The problem is, we now have a generation of spoiled brats raising their own tyrants and before long, this country will be nothing but a country of lazy, fat, video gamers that can steal music, take drugs and text message better than anyone in the world. Forget about being globally competitive as a nation, we can buy all of our cars, food, appliances and everthing else we need from China or India. Two countries which do whip their children and deal with crime far more effectively than we do. Murder someone in China and see what it get's you. They will cut your head off. I hope no one bombs Pearl Harbor again because this generation of whimps could not fight their way out of a wet paper bag. They would just stand on the pier and cry "that's not fair" the whimps. As the greatest generation of WWII dies off and their children follow them to the great here after, the spoiled darlings of today will finish ruining this country. Maybe if we had whipped their little tails, taught them responsibility, respect and a little about honor, they may have been able to carry on with this great nation. Ok, bring on the crapola about this.... I could care less. My kids are grown. Got their butts whipped when they needed it and are college graduated successful professionals and are stuck managing the twits you whimps raised in what's left of industry in this country.
  • Forgive my bluntness, but f*ck no! Hitting someone will not make them a better person. I know from experience.
  • I think they should institute capital punishment in schools.
  • No...I got if from the nuns at school (early 50's) and then got it again when I got home. One would have been plenty....from the parents. Teachers job should be to send them to the principals office then call the parents.
  • Absolutely not.
  • Not with these knuckleheads growing up in this time. I bet if it was to happen some kid will come back trying to shoot the teachers ass off.
  • If practical then Yes, unless they can find a better way. It's not like they haven't had any time to figure it out. At the very least the disruptive students should be put out of harm's way. I'm sick of seeing classes being run by the class clown.
  • if done in a controlled environment,can make great change in childrens behaviour.
  • yes, I am currently in highschool, and I constanly see kids getting in teacher's faces, yelling and swearing at teachers, and all the teachers can do as make them leave the room; that doesnt teach the student anything, because the kids that do that don't want to be in class anyways. i say corporal punishment is a great thing to have in schools.
  • i think the schools shpuld be run by teachers. They should have the power of an airline pilot. To do whatever is needed to teach a class. If corporal punishment is deemed necessary by the teacher. Let them go for it!
  • No, just because some kids are brats, doesn't mean it should be forced on everybody in school. Honestly, in school I never acted immature. If the teacher went after me I'd hit back.
  • The youth of today’s society are out of control. They have the “I don’t care, I’ll do what ever I like” attitude and think that there aren’t any consequences for their actions. There is no discipline anymore. The parents nor the police have no authority over the yobs anymore the parents can’t control their kids and send them out onto the streets to get drunk and cause a nuisance to others using the public areas or services. The police are having problems due to the lack of man power and funding so all they can do is hand out ASBO’s which adds to the yob’s so call ‘ard’ reputation or tell them move along which doesn’t stop the problem it just moves it to another area for more people to be intimidated and abused. What’s the point of having a police force that is over stretched with no power? It is down to lack of discipline that we have a knife culture in certain areas of Britain. In some areas the more sensitive people of society are too afraid to leave their own homes due to fear of the youth abusing them in one way or another. Corporal punishment will restore order in there society and the classrooms which will help prevent the bully’s from preying on the so called weak just because they have differences and they don’t look anything like one of the size zero models that are out there poisoning the minds of the already easily mislead youth.
  • Yes, they should bring it back. The rights table needs to be turned back to those in authority so they can do their job rather than be thwarted by kids who don't care and bring everyone else down. Why are you giving kids so much rights? Aren't the teachers supposed to be teaching? What happens is teachers have no authority and power and kids can mouth off and be profane and do whatever bad thing they want all day long and the the teachers can do nothing but complain to the principal who will then do nothing. If the parents who refuse to discipline their kids ever get told at all, they'll get gold third hand nothingness, and nothing will happen. Discipline, authority, and power should reside in the one who has the most direct contact with the trouble makers. The more indirect you make it, the more beaurocraticness makes any correction inneffective. Verbal persuasion means nothing without the force to back it up, governments know that.
  • Yes, they should bring it back. The rights table needs to be turned back to those in authority so they can do their job rather than be thwarted by kids who don't care and bring everyone else down. Why are you giving kids so much rights? Aren't the teachers supposed to be teaching? What happens is teachers have no authority and power and kids can mouth off and be profane and do whatever bad thing they want all day long and the the teachers can do nothing but complain to the principal who will then do nothing. If the parents who refuse to discipline their kids ever get told at all, they'll get gold third hand nothingness, and nothing will happen. Discipline, authority, and power should reside in the one who has the most direct contact with the trouble makers. The more indirect you make it, the more beaurocraticness makes any correction inneffective. Verbal persuasion means nothing without the force to back it up, governments know that.
  • Like it or not; there are bad parents. Like it or not; there are good parents. Who will determine what a bad parent is and what a good parent is? Judges? Governors? Politicians? Teachers? Parents? You see this is a "human" issue and as a human do we have any measuring stick when it comes to parenting? When it comes to morals, ethics, integrity - who determines what is right and what is wrong? You? Me? You see the interesting thing is, is that there is this book - its been around longer than your grandparents have been around. In fact many many generations of people have come and gone - but this book, well this book won't go away. The funny thing about this book is that it claims to know what's best for us, as parents, as judges, as governors, as politicians, and as teachers. The problem is "statistically" when a generation moves "away" from its TIME TESTED instructions - society as a whole begins to decay. Why? because we make the mistake in THINKING that "we" know what's best. This is at its very root, PRIDE, a proud person prides themselves in knowing what another person should be or do. Arrogance is our destruction. If you haven't figured out what the book is, than I suspect you are misguided. You should make a "turn" and begin again by reading this book. The book is the BIBLE - for me its genesis to revelation. I am not talking about christianity either; i am simply talking about the book. Shalom
  • Yes. When I was at school the belt was in force and if you got it you didn't dare tell your parents when you went home. We knew we were getting punished for doing wrong and accepted the fact. The world isn't full of free thinking, peace loving individuals. There is a pack mentality on the streets and between hooligans and their parents. In nature there is no second chances. Fire does not reason with you to remove your hand from it, it just burns you. If punishment is not the answer then why don't more people stick their hands into naked flames. I live in a very tough neighbourhood where gangs run the streets and most people are afraid to stand up to them. Is this the society that a generation of men and women fought and died for. Anyone who believes that their kids should not be punished when they do wrong should be ashamed of themselves. Wars were fought to banish tyrants and to maintain law and order, fairness and discipline. Not to let kids run about thinking there are no consequences to their actions. A society needs discipline and order. Without it we have anarchy. Teach them young. Wake up before it is too late and you raise a generation of a***holes.
  • I don't think so. I started school in 1960 and we never had it. I did fine without it.
  • Hi, Very good question. I've teahing for 15 years, and let me tell you that sometimes you would like to do what their parents don't do. But on the other hand, whn you have enough time with a children you can easily understand the way he thinks, you can learn all about his family and that's the beggining. After you know the person you can teach him, anything you want. Of Course, you are supposed to have great conditions. Small groups, nice enviroment. Other wise it's much harder, but under no surcumtance you should hit the children. If you do, it means you lost. And you are only trying to keep them sitting, not really learning. I hope I helped. Sorel Suarez (Bolivia)
  • YES!! With specified guidelines. Whiney parents and the federal government have taken ALL authority out of the teachers hands. I have a teaching cert. but after subbing i woulde never teach under present conditions. I feel children will live up the the standard you set for them. As of now and in most public schools the standard is tooooo low. At this time all power is in the hands of the students you don't give that much power to someone who is sent there to learn. If the students were disiplined, educated and so mature then they should teach. THEY ARE THERE FOR A REASON! AND THAT REASON IS NOT TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE OTHER STUDENTS CAN'T LEARN.
  • It doesn't work on everyone. I prefered getting the belt as detention, lines, and other forms of punishment ate into my free time, so they were a much worse punishment to me.
  • No and it should be outlawed in all states. I had the misfortune of having a teacher in the 4th grade who abused her authority to wield the paddle. She was the type of teacher who wasn't very fair once she paddled you for something. After that she was more likely to paddle without trying to sort out the situation. One time a kid was teasing me while we were in line at the water fountain. I was behind him and grabbed him just as she rounded the corner. I got paddled for fighting and when I tried to say anything in my defense she said, "Those are just words, you should just ignore them. I saw YOU fighting." Well, ignoring something is not in a 9 yr old's mindset. It only made me hate and resent that particular teacher to the point I wished death on her constantly. I'm sure she would have hit me with a board even more if she had known that. After that year and due to other experiences throughout school I had a high mistrust of teachers in general. How can you trust someone who may decide to hit you with a board? I was also an outgoing kid and became very shy and withdrawn after fourth grade. I attribute this to being subjected to teachers who misused corporal punishment. I still hate that teacher to this day. She got away with bullying and abusing me along with others just as many were allowed to do back in those days. If I had a do-over for that particular time I'd probably beat the hell out of her the first time she took out the paddle and tried to use it on me. She and any other teacher who strikes a kid with a board are definitely deserving of getting that board planted in their skull.
  • No, because corporal punishment is kinda like...well is exactly like child abuse to me, so teachers shouldn't do it because parents would whined up doing it. They'll get to saying to there kids "I'm just teaching you a lesson," and you it as a reason for abuse so in this case I say N-O NO!!!!!!
  • Only if I can whack the parents...
  • I believe that the world is in a state of chaos because of a system that is not strict enough. We have a youth that have low ( or none ) moral values, talk back to people who know more about life and the world, and believe that the way they live is actually acceptable. Teachers can't teach and students can't learn because of the other students that can't behave themselves. The only thing what that students must do is to sit down, be quiet and do their work. But because of the current system those students can't be punished and the disrupt the entire class, de motivate teachers to teach and create an awful atmosphere in the class that leads to the teacher quitting his/her job in 2 - 3 years. Those undisciplined children leave school without the necessary skills to go to collage or university. They can't read, think logically and they can't act as an responsible citizen. So they seek jobs like drug dealing or they make up an excuse and start living on the government's money. They join gangs, start stealing, murdering and raping. All this chaos is created because the teacher, the principle and the parent could not ( or was to afraid ) to put the child in place ( with a good hiding or smacking ) when he did wrong. In Nature the cub has to listen to the lion to survive. And it will always obey the adult lion. If the cub would step out of line the adult lion would bite him. This way the cub learns his place in the society and knows what is right and what is wrong. But in the Human's world today, the cub is biting the lion and the lion can do nothing about it. The weak is biting the strong. My personal opinion is that there is nothing wrong with corporal punishment. It is something that has been done for hundreds of years. It helps the school and the class to be more organised, fun and productive for the child. And ensures that the child's future is secure and that the child will be a high morale, educated and responsible citizen when he/she leaves school.
  • No, If we had the teachers we had when I was in school I wouldn't have any problem. The teachers now are too stupid to have the judgement I would want before someone started hitting my child.
  • As a teacher, I am not in favor of corporal punishment (though I feel the need to point out that at least in my state, it is not illegal -- just rarely used). However, I'm not against it because I think it's child abuse -- I don't. I think there are many reasons why it's not the best choice now, though. First, it puts teachers in a precarious position. In a litigious society, I don't want to give my kids' parents any more reason than they might already have come up with to accuse me of doing something wrong in their child's life. It's asking for trouble. Second, I think that in order to spank a child, you have to love that child. I know not everybody agrees with spanking, and as I don't have kids, I can't tell you how I'll feel about it when it's my kid. What I can say with some certainty is that teachers are not the right ones to do it. Finally, I think that, especially as kids get older, we need consequences that more closely model the real world into which they are going to enter, and not the artificial one that education can create. We want the kids to be motivated in the same way they will be in their future, and I think we can safely say that corporal punishment does not mirror life after graduation.
  • Yes, as an option. Coporal punishment was fine and was effective(not for everyone) when white children were spanked by white teachers. With the inception of school desegregation white people were afraid that all the evil that they had done would come to rest upon the rumps of their white children,at the hands of black teachers, so it was removed as policy.(THE TRUTH)pigeons r coming home 2 roost. Please understand I am not for hitting children,but in some instances it is effective for keeping order, schools should have 1 person who is the designee for this task. The schools are out of control and a major reason is discipline. It is better that consequences are learned early. Police use coporal punishment, prison guards, what is the death penalty but the ultimate in corporal punishment? I would rather a child suffer a small spanking than their poor choices escalate to prison or worse.
  • No. Too many teachers hate teaching now to give them the power to beat people's kids. I have met teachers who absolutely hate kids and have no business teaching, let alone disciplining.
  • I think to hit a child, a human being is so disrespectful whether it is a parent or teacher trying to punish or teach correct behavior---the only time that seems appropriate to physical restrain or slap a child is when they are in danger of running out in the street or put their hand in fire. Young child are difficult to reason with and are unaware of dangers so then I could understand a quick slap---But in school and a regular classroom ----never
  • yes. even the Bible says if you spare the rod, you spoil the child. source http://www.ku.ac.ke
  • finkT22 is right and a student! I'm curious to know how many of the repliers who are against some kind of corporal punishment teach in a high school. Corporal punishment does not make a better kid, but it does act as a deterrent to disruptive behavior in the classroom. I teach in a difficult school and we might get 30 to 40 referrals a day. The students know it takes a long time to process these referrals. The administration works it's butt off, but can't keep up. I have spoken to teachers who grew up in the "hood" and went to difficult schools. They said the number of bad kids was minimal even in the "hood" when corporal punishment was allowed. Now because there are so many kids who can act up, it is difficult for the teacher to create a consistent system with consequences when you have up to 38 students per class. On another note, I have spoken with many janitors who are from other countries. The Mexicans and Africans tell me that in their country, they do not have the discipline issues like in the US, even in the poorest schools because they administer corporal punishment. And I don't think the Mexicans do it in an excessive manner as explained to me. Therefore, the janitors tell me that the kids in the high schools in their countries are at college level compared to the kids here. Although I do not like labels, I am usually a liberal minded person, but the liberals are dead wrong here. Because of the inability to perform minimal corporal punishment, the students in the tougher neighborhoods who want to learn are being shafted by this liberal thinking. Spare the rod and spoil the child! I'm not religious either, but the people who wrote the Bible were pretty damn intelligent.
  • I went to school to get an education, not the shit beat out of me by some teacher.
  • No, of course not! If you cannot find a variety of ways to deal with behavioral challenges, maybe teaching is not for you!

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