"History shows there used to be a much higher regard for the respect of others and authority."
Georgia charter school is bucking the national trend and bringing back paddling as a form of punishment.
School board chairman Robert Buchwitz told Pluralist that administrators were moved to action by their perception that young people have lost respect for authority.
"We feel it's an option that is effective in correcting bad behavior," he said. "History shows there used to be a much higher regard for the respect of others and authority when corporal punishment was an option in the public school systems."
The consent form sent to parents laid out exactly how the paddling will go down: It will follow a
The paddle will be 24-inches long, six-inches wide and 3/4-inches thick, according to the document obtained by the local news outlet.
Superintendent Jody Boulineau told WRDW that the response to the form has been mixed, with about a third of parents agreeing to allow school officials to administer paddling.
Buchwitz said via email Wednesday
As a result of "dropping" physical punishments and relying on suspension instead, many schools are now seeing "so much unruly behavior [...] that teachers are having a hard time managing their classrooms and having a learning environment,"
Buchwitz admitted that students at the school are generally well-behaved. He said that the school began considering paddling not as a response to their misconduct, but as an alternative to suspension, which he said can have an impact on academics.
The Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics gave parents two choices: let school officials paddle your children, or agree to 5 days of suspension as punishment. https://t.co/hXvtOBDq4E— TalkPoverty.org (@TalkPoverty) September 12, 2018
1/2 The Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics is wrong to reintroduce paddling of students. We should be working to eliminate reprimands through pain. https://t.co/MTDQt2yH40— Alcee L. Hastings (@RepHastingsFL) September 12, 2018
However, experts generally agree that corporal punishment in classrooms is detrimental to the mental and emotional development of students. Numerous human rights groups have recommended that lawmakers outlaw the practice outright.
King also cited data collected by his administration showing that corporal punishment is not only
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