16 February, 2011

Corporal Punishment Teaches The Wrong Lessons To Students

My octogenarian interlocutor says West Virginia's troubles started when corporal punishment was banned from public schools in 1994 and likes delegate Brian Savilla's (R-Putnam) bill that would reinstate paddling. 

I was a product of Kanawha County public schools prior to the 1994 ban and I can attest to the following: (1) West Virginia had problems even when teachers were free to hit their students. (2) Being physically assaulted by a teacher only teaches kids that adults are hypocrites who resolve conflicts through violence but will spank kids who try to resolve their conflicts through violence. (3) West Virginia teachers aren't wise enough or smart enough to control their classrooms without resorting to violence.

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