For some that do not know, corporal punishment which is sometimes referred to as physical punishment/physical discipline and has been defined as the use of physical force, no matter how light, to cause deliberate bodily pain or discomfort in response to some undesired behavior. That means in most schools corporal punishment takes the form of a school teacher or administrator striking a student's bottom with a wooden paddle.
And when you were in school did they have corporal punishment or not? And if you were a parent/are a parent how would you react if your child's school decide to use corporal punishment as a discipline?
When I was in the fourth grade, my math/science teacher (at the middle school I attended teachers taught two subjects at once) was a firm believer in corporal punishment. He had this wooden paddle that was taped up cause in the past he did break it while paddling the students and depending on what the student did he would tell the student to go out in the hallway and there he would paddle them. In my class, it was mostly the boys who were paddled and rarely us girls. I was never given the paddle and all I had throughout fourth grade were writing rules so many times on either the chalkboard, whiteboard, or on paper (I wrote "I will not talk during class" probably multiple times).
In the fifth grade all through junior high school, the punishment was both the paddle and ruler except it would be the principal/headmaster doing the punishment. Sometimes the teachers would be allowed to paddle the students but it was the principal/headmaster mostly.
Since I am from the south, corporal punishment is still legal and the school does have the right to administer it if they feel the need to, and while in high school I had some teachers that did.
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The teachers all had paddles in their desks when I was in school. Rarely was a kid paddled. It was usually the last resort and usually the same kid through all the grades who was on the receiving end of a paddle.
Parents had the ability to not allow the school such access to their child. I only knew one kid with that privlidge.
Anyhow, kids had a lot more respect back then than they have now. Maybe knowing they could be paddled was a deterrent? Of course, no child back then was at all curious about what it might feel like to be spanked. Most kids today have never experienced a spanking, but many have been arrested in school. I think spanking is better... over and done.
My principal in elementary school had an 18 inch ruler with a brass strip in the middle to give it some weight. He made you stick out your hand and he gave you a few good smacks with it. It really stung. I got it only once and I refused to cry. Little tears just ran down my face but I just sat there quiet while he smacked me. The funny thing is that my roommate in college was engaged to a girl who became one of my best friends. When they broke up I stayed friends with her. She lived in another state but we saw each other a lot. When her father found out where I lived he asked me if I knew this guy who was his roommate in college who became a principal in the town I lived in. Wouldn't you know it was this guy that gave me the rat tan.
@exitseven It's a small world! I think I would have addled for his address. 💀