Rural Texas Can't Get Rid Of Corporal Punishment
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As we've shown time and time again, old-timey sayings don't make any fucking sense, especially when it comes to the one about sparing the rod and spoiling the child. According to science, the only way you're rewarding your child for bad behavior by 'sparing the rod' is by leaving them with functioning brain cells. If God could do it over again with modern science in mind, He (or She?) would probably go with "Spare the rod, period. Your children will end up dumber otherwise."
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"I want them to be able to learn to read my book, assholes."
In the U.S., there are still 19 states that support the right for teachers to spank the shit out of students. But could it just be one of those niche things that they keep on the books for purely bureaucratic reasons, like incest laws or civil rights? Not a damn chance. Between 2011 and 2012 (the most recent statistics we have), 167,000 students received a paddlin' for their troubles. Worryingly, 70 percent of that was the work of only five states. Also, fun fact! That figure doesn't include information on restraint or seclusion (essentially, corporal punishment for disabled people).
The true kingdom of corporal punishment, however, is rural Texas, where only two types of children live: children who receive paddlings and nonexistent children. Between 2011 and 2012, 30,000 children were disciplined in this way. Surprisingly, everyone's cool with this. Parents who don't want their children to be punished have to sign a special form opting them out, while it isn't unheard of for school administrators who ban corporal punishment to receive angry letters from parents demanding that they change their non-child-beating ways.
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"What? I'm not going to discipline the kid. I'm his parent. It would get weird."