Corporal punishment was adopted back by one school district in Texas. Misbehave students in the class will be paddled to get a better grade. Three Rivers Independent school board of trustee in south Texas believe that corporal method is effective to improve their students’ performance in school. Paddles are distributed to their teacher to be used if someone misbehaves in the class and it is essential equipment to control the students.
According to Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA) Corporal punishment is defined as “deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping or any other physical force used as a means of discipline.”
To improve classroom behavior, the school district believes that corporal punishment is effective so students can retain information and decrease falling test scores.
Although a majority of the parents support the disciplinary method, they are given the option to opt in or opt out in Corporal punishment. If they want their children to paddle, parents are required to provide written and verbal assent.
According to the school district, options are provided to the parents because they are not forcing them to do it.
According to Caller-Times, Mary Springs school district’s superintendent said:
“If the parent is not comfortable with it, that’s the end of the discussion.”
Andrew Amaro, Three Rivers Elementary School behavior coordinator is thrilled to practice the paddling again. He said, paddling works effectively than suspension or detention.
“I believe it worked,” Amaro said to Caller-Times when asked about being paddled when he was young. “It was an immediate response for me. I knew that if I got in trouble with a teacher and I was disrespectful, whatever the infraction was, I knew I was going to get a swat by the principal.”
John B. King, Jr, secretary of education wrote a letter requesting states to prohibit corporal punishment but 22 states still practice the disciplinary method. King also added that most of the black receives the paddle which means it is not fairly implemented.