Since discipline seems to be on a lot of people’s minds today, I am bringing up a regular topic of mine — the inexplicable attachment to corporal punishment by schools.
Memphis is considering lifting a 5-year-old ban on corporal punishment in its schools.
At a board meeting this week, Memphis City Schools Board Commissioner Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. introduced a resolution to restore corporal punishment. The Memphis board will discuss at a meeting next month.
There is already resistance. At DetentionSlip.org, an effort is under way to launch a boycott of Memphis if corporal punishment is reinstated. (Here is a link to a national effort to ban corporal punishment in all public schools through federal legislation.)
UPDATED: I decided to see how often corporal punishment is used in Georgia. One hundred of Georgia’s 191 systems used corporal punishment in the 2008-09 school year, according to reports that they submitted to the state Department of Education. In total, the