Should Paddling Be Allowed in Schools?

I remember my father told me about when he was a child in school. Back then, teachers were lawfully able to punish children physically for misconduct with items called paddles. In fact, that was commonplace. Now-a-days we see society acting as the boy who cried wolf when they witness a child being spanked – by hand, and not a piece of wood with metal at the center of it. Why the drastic change is beyond me, but nonetheless we are faced with the question, should paddling be allowed in schools? Is capital punishment ethical for school officials to pursue? In this article, we will be discussing both the pros and cons – and looking at both sides of the argument objectively.

This is kind of scary actually. (photo by HA! Designs - Artbyheather)

This is kind of scary actually. (photo by HA! Designs – Artbyheather)

Apparently, in Florida, this type of thing still goes on. But how? Aren’t there laws against paddling right now? Well, according to this article by, there are some laws that allow corporal punishment. The thing is, you can’t really get away with this kind of stuff in big cities and towns – such as Miami or Tampa. Where it’s happening is small towns and rural areas, such as Destin. The reasoning for this? Most likely because in the rural communities, the parents and teachers all know each other.

In a place as big as Tampa or Miami, it’s hard to trust everybody, considering the populace is considerably larger and it’s just not likely that you will personally know everyone that your child comes in contact with in an authoritative manner.

Some people oppose corporal punishment by saying that this is blatant child abuse. It’s not like this ideology is unfounded, considering sometimes, people go too far – even to the point of breaking bones. Then again, those are not exactly common cases in regards to paddling. I suppose the question is if paddling is an enabler for child abuse? Not only is it physical, but they claim it’s a psychological one too – saying that some children will be petrified of their teachers and school officials.

Other people encourage corporal punishment because of the lack of father figures in the home (who are the main punishers of households, I suppose?) and to level out the crime rate that slowly is rising. They say if children learn young by means of paddling and/or spanking, they are not likely to continue unethical or bad behaviors in the future. Even if that is the case, how is it ethical for us, without ownership of the child, to say it is okay to physically punish the child in question?

Anyway, because of all of the controversy that accompanies matters such as “Should I spank/physically punish another person’s child?” It seems that for the most part, paddling should not be allowed in schools. The line between punishment and abuse is far too thin and too opinion-based for paddling to be deemed a safe bet.


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