State education leaders question effectiveness, appropriateness of paddling in schools

04/19/2011 07:52 AM

Some state leaders including Education Commissioner Terry Holliday are calling to end the use of corporal punishment in schools, which is currently allowed in about 40 of Kentucky’s 174 districts.

Administrators in those districts that allow paddling — the most common form of corporal punishment — say it’s an effective tool. Some say it’s so effective, just the threat of a possible paddling is often enough to stop unruly behavior.

Often, parents have to sign permission slips to allow paddling to be used as punishment, and many have.

But the current education commissioner and his predecessor say it’s time to leave the paddles in the past and more toward other corrective actions to alter behavior.

Corporal punishment in schools is permitted in 21 states.

So far, no legislation has been proposed to change the law in Kentucky.

- Don Weber

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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