Friday, October 06, 2006
Guns & Paddles
Here is a headline from today’s news:
Wisconsin Lawmaker wants teachers to carry guns.
Ok…let me make sure I have this right.
Prayer – not allowed in schools
Corporal punishment – not allowed in schools
Gun toting teachers – lawmakers thoughtfully considering
Don’t get me wrong, I think prayer has practical applications to the individual. Any forced, group prayer is likely not going to get my support. But we do our best to remove God and time honored disciplines from schools and then become so outraged with the ensuing results that we are now proposing a militia of teachers? Am I the only one lifting an eyebrow to this?
There are so many problems with this idea that it would be like shooting fish in a barrel to point them all out. However, I would at least like to mention one: not all teachers should be packing heat. What is keeping Ms. Nearing A. Breakdown from popping a few caps in a fit of rage because the class didn’t read their assignments?
“By the way, Ms. Breakdown…I need to see you after school for some tutoring.”
“Can’t do it Billy…I have mandatory target practice and gun training today.”
The Paddle – What kept me and many generations of school aged kids from acting out too terribly bad was the thought of having Principal Pete paddle your posterior. Normally this wooden threat would just hang on the wall above his desk as a reminder. You always heard rumors of someone getting a good swat on the backside but I never actually saw it happen or had any friends at the bad end of the stick.
The Note Home – This was almost as bad for me as any potential spanking. I have such a highly developed sense of pleasing my folks that to disappoint them was outright scary. I would beg my teacher not to tell my parents and promise all sorts of good behavior if they’d just tear up the note. I am sure some instructors saw my pleading as a sign of abuse at home because of the sheer and utter display of desperation. But I really did not get spanked often. It really was the fear of being a disappointment that worked on me.
The Parents – I had good ones. Not everyone does but this is where the discipline blame game starts and ends in my opinion. It is very rare that I hear of good parents with a devil child. Whether parents are abusive or just neglectful…the kids will act according to their upbringing…period.
There are other things like detention, suspension, standing in corners, banishment at recess, running laps, etc. but the main three I grew up with are listed above and were effective. Some of these techniques still exist but most are laughable if used at all. I also realize that the older the children get (i.e. highschool-aged) the less effective most punishments are. This new generation seems to have no fear of consequences. So I guess the only viable solution is to arm everyone and see who comes out of the fray.
What do you think?
Posted by Jim at 8:40 AM