It may be popular in some circles to ridicule the idea that corporal punishment is an effective, acceptable, and even sometimes necessary action by parents and schools who care about their children, but it is not openly ridiculed in my church.
For those who were shocked and acted like sharks in bloody water when they discovered Nottingham Principal Jeff Nations still paddles students, some of us are disappointed this form of punishment is under utilized by parents and our schools. We salute Mr. Nations. Children do not behave as well in school as they use to and our society seems to throw in the towel and allow the threat of lawsuits is prevalent in determining school policies rather than the use common sense. Mr. Nations seems to use common sense and what works best.
“Spare the rod and spoil the child” is no more outdated than the rest of the wisdom God shared with us in the book of Proverbs. He made us and I am sure He shakes His head in near disbelief when some say paddling children teaches the young “hitting is acceptable.”
If administered properly corporeal punishment should teach children there are immediate consequences for some behavior. Paddling a student should teach them there are specific circumstances when hitting someone is acceptable.
Liberals cannot have it both ways. They cannot say we are wiser than previous generations and then say children nowadays are not wise enough to understand what us older folks clearly understood – paddling in schools does not give license for people to hit each other. Who doesn’t get that?
By the way, the theory that we are brighter than those who came before us was blown this week when a study that was released indicated we have lost 14 points of our average IQ in recent times.
Unfortunately, with all of the media coverage, it may be tough for Dayton to continue to keep policies that are tried and true. Since the beginning of time, different people have had different bruising tolerances and in other districts it has not even taken one bruised child for school boards to take a defensive position and outlaw corporal punishment. Perhaps the local school boards around here need to know how thankful those of us who are Bible-believing church goers appreciate them leading with courage.
Once it was determined allegations of abuse was proved to false, the majority should have no reservations in standing with a principal that has principles. Mr. Nations, you are not only innocent, you are to be commended. Thank you.