Spare the rod…


I wish the state funded billboards at the border when you cross into Texas had that picture on them. This is filed under Breaking News because we don’t have an Awesome category.

Texas city revives paddling as it takes a swat at misbehavior

By Michael Birnbaum
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 16, 2010

TEMPLE, TEX. — In an era when students talk back to teachers, skip class and wear ever-more-risque clothing to school, one central Texas city has hit upon a deceptively simple solution: Bring back the paddle.

Most school districts across the country banned paddling of students long ago. Texas sat that trend out. Nearly a quarter of the estimated 225,000 students who received corporal punishment nationwide in 2006, the latest figures available, were from the Lone Star State.

But even by Texas standards, Temple is unusual. The city, a compact railroad hub of 60,000 people, banned the practice and then revived it at the demand of parents who longed for the orderly schools of yesteryear. Without paddling, “there were no consequences for kids,” said Steve Wright, who runs a construction business and is Temple’s school board president.

Since paddling was brought back to the city’s 14 schools by a unanimous board vote in May, behavior at Temple’s single high school has changed dramatically, Wright said, even though only one student in the school system has been paddled.

There’s probably a death penalty argument to be made here, you know, deterrence and all. I know the threat of a board across the ass kept me from acting the fool too much in high school. Oh sure, I still got my licks and chose licks over detention when given the option. But there were some teachers you didn’t screw around with and nobody wanted to get licks from the head football coach – who got wind of anything you pulled in class.

Probably the same reason we keep a robust nuclear stockpile too.

And naturally, having proven effective and culturally acceptable in the South, a New York liberal wants to impose their one-size-fits-all misery on everyone else.

Corporal punishment remains legal in 20 states, mostly in the South, but its use is diminishing. Ohio ended it last year, and a movement for a federal ban is afoot. A House subcommittee held a hearing on the practice Thursday, and its chairman, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), is gearing up for a push to end the practice once and for all. She plans to introduce legislation within weeks.

“When you look that the federal government has outlawed physical punishment in prisons, I think the time has come that we should do it in schools,” she said.

I’m pretty sure the parents are in the loop on this one, sister. It takes a village, not a nomenklatura.

Funny though, because we just had a training consultant come in this week and use corporal punishment as an example of an outdated practice no one would consider using and my first thought was, “So I reckon this must be his first time to Texas…”

Darryl The American
President Puffery