I would like to direct your attention to a matter which is generally excluded from polite conversation: the sexual implications of corporal punishment.
I assume you are aware that teachers employed in the following states are free to corporally punish students: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming. The act typically involves requiring a student to bend forward submissively while the teacher batters the studentís buttocks with a wooden instrument.
In my opinion, this policy fosters an environment that promotes and shields sadistic treatment of children, specifically sexual sadism. Educators should be setting a higher standard.
It should be noted that evidence-based support for corporal punishment is non-existent, and tradition-based support for it is rapidly disappearing. Its only known value is that it forces victims to temporarily submit to the will of punishers. Furthermore, there is a super-abundance of scholarly materials condemning the practice and acknowledging its sexual implications. That information is readily available to anyone who is interested.
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