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


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