Little-known fact: corporal punishment is not only alive and well, it is legal in K-12 schools in a number of states. Viddy:
"It's time the state stopped spanking students"
EDITORIAL, News & Observer, March 19, 2007
It's time to hang up the paddle in all of North Carolina's public schools. The practice of disciplining schoolchildren with physical force, already banned in some school districts here and forbidden in the majority of states, is unnecessary. There are better ways to create discipline at school, and better lessons for young scholars than a smack on the rump -- however well-intentioned and rooted in tradition.
The question of corporal punishment in public schools showed up last week at the General Assembly in the form of a bill from Rep. Martha Alexander, a Charlotte Democrat. "The children should not be subject to violence in the schools from anyone," Alexander said. State Superintendent June Atkinson, and Eddie Davis, head of the teachers association, support the bill.
For many Triangle-area readers, the fact that about two-third of the state's school districts still allow corporal punishment may be news.
Under North Carolina's local-option system, the Wake, Durham and Orange county systems prohibit paddling, as does Chapel Hill-Carrboro. But, in our area, Chatham, Franklin, Harnett and Johnston counties do permit it. And in broad swaths of the state, "spare the rod and spoil the child" still rules at school, although administrators in some of those districts say they seldom exercise the right -- or their right arms.
Nonetheless, spotty statistics suggest that thousands of student spankings do take place in the Tar Heel state, although at a rate far below those of paddling powerhouses Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas and Mississippi...