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POV | Paddling's Day is Done

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In this week's WDRB.com Sunday Edition, Jason Riley reported that Kentucky is one of 19 states where paddling is still legal as a form of school discipline, and about half the state's school districts still actively use it.

And if you're like me, you had conflicting reactions to that situation.

Personally, I think paddling can still be legitimate and effective. I encountered it a few times while I was growing up, and I don't believe it did any serious or lasting damage. And I think students could still use some of that kind of discipline today.

Actually, kids today need a much more disciplined structure in general - not just when it's time to be punished. But when I was young, you could generally count on that kind of discipline to originate in the home, and that's not the case as much anymore.

Which brings us to the reality of policy making in 2015, where an overly litigious atmosphere has made every form of physical contact the potential source of a costly lawsuit, especially by those very parents whose own abdication of responsibility has made their child a discipline problem in the first place.

Because of this great legal risk, I no longer think paddling should be used in schools anymore. It may be needed, but teachers and administrators have enough problems without constantly worrying about winding up in court. And that's really too bad.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my (reluctant) Point of View.

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