One school in Hephzibah, Georgia, is taking the phrase "old school" to a whole new meaning. At least that's what some believe after word got out that officials at The Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics (GSIC) recently sent home a request asking for parents permission to paddle their children should they need to be disciplined.
Disciplined students would "place their hands on their knees or piece of furniture and will be struck on the buttocks with a paddle"
and they would receive "no more than three licks."
Imagine getting a letter from your child's school asking you to give them your permission to spank your child. You might take a quick glance at your watch to see what century it is. Unfortunately, corporal punishment — the use of physical force and contact to discipline students — is legal in 20 states. However, very few schools treat corporal punishment as official policy.
The magazine Psychology Today
makes a great point when they say at that "One is not permitted to hit one's spouse or a stranger; these actions are considered assault and battery. Why in the world should one be permitted to hit a smaller and even more vulnerable child?"
It's a great question and one that GSIC officials should ask themselves. Additionally, the publication highlights several studies that show that corporal punishment like the type they wish to inflict on their students has a "deleterious" effect on students and is shockingly counterproductive. In fact, years of data show that physical punishment on students could lead to a host of problems including, physical and verbal aggression, antisocial and criminal behavior and even a tendency for spousal abuse in later years.
There are several, less malicious and more effective ways to discipline students without resorting to methods that could have lasting effects on their students' lives and the lives of their loved ones. Care2 is calling on GSIC Superintendent Jody Boulineau to cancel their corporal punishment program and find another, less cruel way, of educating and disciplining their children. Please show your opposition as well by signing this petition.