Just when I thought Georgia was making some progress.
Courtesy of Time Magazine:
A charter school in Hephzibah, Ga., has introduced a policy of paddling its students as punishment, according to local news station WRDW/WAGT.
The Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics (GSIC) sent home a consent form to parents requesting permission to use the corporal punishment on their children if they act out in the classroom, according to the local news report.
“There was a time where corporal punishment was kind of the norm in school and you didn’t have the problems that you have,” Superintendent Jody Boulineau told WRDW/WAGT.
GSIC, a kindergarten through ninth grade school in the Augusta metro area which opened in 2015, does not require its students to receive the new paddling policy as punishment. Boulineau said “parents can either give consent for us to use that as a disciplinary measure or they can deny consent.”
To be clear, using pain compliance to gain control over a child or to alter behaviors is a lazy and ultimately ineffective way to shape young human beings.
I have said this before and I will repeat it for as long as I have to until this kind of physical assault is forever outlawed in America.
By using these primitive methods we teach children that hurting those smaller than themselves is acceptable and that they are not safe around adults who they are supposed to trust.
As I have mentioned before I work with troubled children with the kinds of behaviors that would shock and frustrate most people.
I do NOT use pain to modify behaviors.
I use patience, trust, and my intelligence to help them through their difficulties and toward a more hopeful future.
I am not always successful, but I have been successful often enough to know these techniques work far better than beating a child into submission.