22. EDITORIAL: WORLD & U.S. CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

MEMO TO COLIN FARRELL: I (Renee) received your email and critique. I understand your “difference” of opinion and respect it. This post was originally published in late 2008 and reflects our limited knowledge of c.p. in the rest of the world. The post below is probably our most mediocre we ever wrote. A conclusion of yours I DO agree with: Both the paddle and the cane CAN be abusively used. One can be just as bad as the other -Abuse is abuse!

Dear Readers: As we finish the last of the Thanksgiving Dinner leftovers, we at TWP have noticed some statements by the anti-c.p. crowd that requires a response. Please understand that we DO NOT disregard other people’s opinions about the issue of corporal punishment. We believe that all RESPECTFUL opinions are valid and when we disagree with our readers, we simply will agree to disagree. However, when we see misleading statements or prejudicial rants- we will respond by way of this blog.

EDITORIAL: WORLD & U.S. CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

The anti-c.p. agitators are fond of citing the fact that corporal punishment in schools has been banned by about 130 countries worldwide. When we first received an email stating this “fact,” we were a little surprised- not at the numeric figure but rather that there are people who actually tally these numbers! (Personally, I think those folks have WAY too much time on their hands and need to get a REAL job-like teaching!- RENEE) Then, I (Renee) decided to do a “fact check” using one of TWP’s links (World Corporal Punishment Research) to find out the whole truth.

WORLD CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

The way c.p. has been or is carried out in other countries is very different from anything done in the U.S. Fact is, outside of the U.S. and a few private Canadian schools, corporal punishment means the cane or strap- not the paddle. But a recipient of a diatribe from the anti-c.p. crowd will never receive that disclaimer. They instead lump all c.p. together as the SAME thing.

The reality is that c.p. is different in severity in other countries. The cane and strap, as c.p. tools, are very different from school paddles. If you do not believe us, go to the aforementioned site and see for yourselves. The pictures of welts from the cane will surely turn your stomach. The cane was used in the U.S. early in our nations history due to the influence of British customs on the American colonists dating before the Revolutionary War. Later, the cane fell out of favor and the strap also would also disappear to be replaced by the paddle. Of all of these, the paddle is the least severe if used as recommended in our posts OUR MISSION and IMPLEMENTS AND TECHNIQUES.

U.S. CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

There are only 21 states that allow c.p. in public schools and at least one, New Jersey, that has outlawed c.p. in private schools as well. The “paddling states” all allow c.p. with varying restrictions and the local school boards all have the final discretion on if to use or not use corporal punishment. Most large urban districts in “paddling” states have banned c.p. The only way to be sure if a particular county or parish has a c.p. policy is to check with the principal of the school in question.

CONCLUSION

There is a DIFFERENCE between c.p. in the rest of the world and the U.S.A. But you would never know this by reading the anti-c.p. emails that we at TWP receive on a weekly basis. For the record- We at TWP feel that caning is WAY too harsh and agree that such c.p. does not belong in a school setting. Ditto for the strap. However,TWP believes the paddle to be a more moderate option and our posts mentioned above are a good info source for usage do’s and do not’s. In fact, it is our opinion that countries which have banned the cane/strap c.p. should take a second look at the “American” way and consider the paddle option. Of course, that is just our opinion!

NOTE TO “OTHER OPTION”: What the hell does child molestation and child pornography have to do with legal paddling in U.S. schools? Personally speaking, anyone (teacher or other) who molests a child ought to be “strung up” from the nearest tree (Hanged) as we say in the South. As to the latter- a little mercy- 25 years first offense and “string up” the second time.

2nd NOTE TO “OTHER OPTION”: Hey- I thought paddling was illegal in California. So, what the point of your story in California anyway? (Note to readers: The “story” had absolutely nothing to do with c,p, This is the rank garbage we at TWP get EVERY week- without fail!)

OUR THOUGHTS

Dear Readers: In writing our posts each week, we at TWP surf the web to see for ourselves what other people are saying about our blog, us, and c.p. in general. Some things that we have seen has raised our ire and require a firm response. A few are below.

“…teachers who love their paddle…”

Really? The author of this comment has probably never seen any of our posts- in which giving a well-merited paddling was as traumatic for the administrator as the recipient. In fact, all of the post accounts record that same characteristic. Counting all of the paddlings that all four of us have ever given (Which is likely no more than two dozen total among all four of us)- None of them were enjoyed by any of us in the very least. We HATED to use the paddle EVERY time and hope each and every day that it will not be used. The comment above must have come from a sick and warped mind!

“…they don’t care about their students…”

Are you kidding? This commentator has never met me or the other TWP contributors, has never talked to any of our students, and- I’m willing to bet- has never been in a elementary school classroom since childhood. A good rule for this writer is: If you don’t know anything about someone- DON’T ACT LIKE YOU DO!

Fact is, we do care about our “kids” and are more like substitute moms than most people realize. Less than 1% of our time is spent disciplining (repermands, recess sit-ins, loss of computer time, as well as c.p.) students and a sizable chunk of the rest is spent settling minor disputes and bandaging knees and elbows from playground mishaps. (If I had a dollar for every time we pulled out the first aid kit, it would buy me a new car!- Wendy)

One last point is that we go beyond the requirements of our day jobs. The best example of this was when Michelle was driving by the school one evening heading home from our aerobics class after a long day. The school had been locked up by the janitors but she spotted a student sitting by himself as nightime approached. Michelle did not have to stop but she did- BECAUSE SHE CARED. It turned out that there had been a miscommunication between the parents on who was to pick up the 9 year old! Michelle refused to leave the child by himself until the mother picked the boy up after a cell phone call.

In this day and time we live in, I hate to think what might of happened if Michelle had decided,”That child isn’t MY problem…and besides…I’m off duty now…This is someone else’s problem!” Too many people think that way which is why missing children wind up pictured on the side of mike cartons. Question: Would the higher paid “glorified babysitter” teachers in Detroit, San Francisco, or Portland, Oregon have done as Michelle did? Personally, I doubt it-but I might be wrong. What say you, dear readers?

“…live in a world…trance state…”

We are not making this up! I guess I was wrong about the inability of someone stoned on drugs to post comments on the internet. Mea Culpa!

“…a disguised pedophile site…”

This sounds like the rantings of a disappointed pedophile! Glad to disappoint, and we at TWP hope this dude gets the help he needs- Because if any commentator ever needed help, its HIM!

ETC.

Dear Readers: If only you could of seen the look on Jenny and Wendy’s faces as they sang the University of Alabama alma mater at the Monday morning faculty meeting- payback for the prior two years to Michelle, our very own ex-Crimson Tide Cheerleader. To rub it in, Michelle has worn every Alabama sweater she owns ALL WEEK LONG! Mr. Smith, our principal, did put his foot down on the cheerleading uniform stating,”I could care less if it still fits!…Teachers are to dress professionally!” (Giggle) Oh, well!

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