Georgia charter school reintroduces paddling students as acceptable form of punishment.

By | 2018-09-12T11:21:15+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |10 Comments

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. 

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10 Comments

  1. Beaglemom September 12, 2018 at 3:28 am - Reply

    Wait until some child is seriously injured at that charter school. Whatever are these people thinking.

  2. anon September 12, 2018 at 7:30 am - Reply

    ““When we’re talking about Hillary Clinton’s strong character, the math really doesn’t add up,” Lahren opined. “But when we’re talking about universities and professors that are teaching children things like this, teaching college students things like this and we wonder why kids aren’t able to get jobs after they graduate, maybe this is why.”

    She continued: “Teachers are spending more time with their liberal indoctrination than they are actually teaching things that are very important like math.”

    Lahren concluded by saying that students and parents should rise up and protest to “end this.”” “indoctrinated”!

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/tomi-lahren-fit-students-learn-hillary-clinton-strong-character-wont-able-get-jobs/

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/conservative-goes-down-in-flames-after-ranting-about-democratic-marxism-on-msnbc/

    • majii September 12, 2018 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      I’m a retired teacher. The “advice” that Lahren is sharing is exactly what pisses me off about those who would never choose teaching as a profession. They have no idea what actually happens in public school classrooms. Every piece of material every teacher uses for instruction in a public school is handed down from the state board of education and is approved by the state legislature. There isn’t enough time for teachers to “indoctrinate” students with “liberal” ideas. They’re too busy trying to teach the material the students need to know in order to pass state-mandated tests, tests they must pass to graduate. For each of the classes I taught, I had a three ring binder that was chocked full of objectives I had to cover in two semesters before the students took the tests in those subjects. Lahren and others like her know little/nothing about how public schools operate and should keep their mouths shut. Using superglue to seal their lips and keep them from opining about education, teachers, students, and teaching when they have no educational background or experience in the field would be preferable. I wouldn’t dare opine about medicine, accounting, law, or any other subject in which I am not qualified, and the Tomi Lahrens of the world should do the same when it comes to the field of education. Education seems to be one of the only fields in which every Tom, Dick, and Harriet feels qualified to give unsolicited and unnecessary “advice” about—a field in which they have no training and experience. When I retired, my teaching certificate was still active. I retired because I was tired of the BS being spread around by people like Lahren and felt that 33 years teaching high school was enough. She and others like her are a major reason this country is now having problems recruiting and retaining teachers. My advice to those like Lahren is that if they think they have all of the “solutions” to what ails public schools, get and degree in education, pass the state boards, and go into the classroom and work to implement your “solutions.”

  3. Whatevs September 12, 2018 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    UNLV should rescind her degree. University professors aren’t elementary school teachers. Math profs teach math, political science profs teach poli sci, and history profs teach history. Her comment, therefore, makes no sense at all. Typical inarticulate Faux Spew personality.

  4. Whatevs September 12, 2018 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    pTOMaIne Laughable is her real name.

  5. Florence September 12, 2018 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    OT? “”After reading Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn’s memorandum demanding the immediate ban of Nike products for Kenner’s recreational facilities, I knew I had to publicly address yet another politician for senselessly attempting to further divide our community. We should take a moment to question why Nike is the top priority for a local politician when his residents face a variety of social and economic challenges. Mayor Zahn is imposing his personal beliefs onto Little League players, and I strongly oppose his stance.”

    “”Nike is a multi-billion dollar global enterprise that has never contributed to the social and economic challenges in Louisiana. In fact, Nike donated more than 10 million dollars after Hurricane Katrina to build a stadium and track in Joe Brown Park for metro area children. Contrary to Mayor Zahn’s belief, Nike is not running a political campaign.”

    “Thomas United Methodist Church, meanwhile, launched an online petition drive against Zahn’s ban. It said it “has been an anchor in the Kenner community for 135 years. We have seen firsthand, a young black man wrongfully and brutally killed at the hands of Kenner police right in front of our faith community just last year.” At mid-day, it’s petition had 455 signatures.”

    https://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/09/nike_kenner_ban_cedric_richmon.html

  6. Anonymous September 12, 2018 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    You’re wrong.

  7. Anonymous September 13, 2018 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Modest corporal punishment works from about the age of 2 to 3. When a slap on the bottom might be needed for a stubborn repeat behavior that is not curtailed with a stern NO or STOP. They need to learn compliance for safety reasons. After that age corporal punishment does more harm than good. Once a child develops reasoning skills, can understand delayed gratification, understands and develops self discipline and self control*, corporal punishment is useless. From about 4 or 5 on time outs and restrictions of toys or activities is a lot more effective. The inflicting of real pain is useless at any age.

    * note: Trump has developed NONE of these traits.

    It may sound insulting but I truly feel that future parents would do well to go through a professional dog training course. You learn the basics of discipline. Make clear what you want, be consistent and consequences should be immediate. Clear directions, immediate praise or a treat for compliance and a consequence for failure to comply. Trainers will tell you not to repeat yourself with a dog or they’ll learn they don’t have to obey until the third time, fifth or never. For people never accept “one more chance” or use “next time”. Don’t make threats that will never be followed through on like “I’m gonna kill you” or “you’re never going to again. For arguments or negotiations use “Nevertheless, . It’s called the broken record. They get bored, realize you’re not going to change and eventually comply.

    Someone in the Trump administration needs to start using these methods on Trump.

    For that matter, we need to start using this on our own elected representatives.

    One second thought, it might actually be effective to hit Trump on the nose with a rolled up newspaper everytime he lies or does something damaging/stupid/insulting.

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