ROTHENBURGER – Changing attitudes on use of spanking to discipline kids
‘UP FRONT!’ I remember the words of my high school French teacher oh so well.
Learning French was a challenge for me; languages other than English don’t come easily.
Consequently, I and a few others had a bad habit of fooling around instead of memorizing “’J’entre dans la salle de class, je regarde autour de moi.”
Our teacher didn’t take kindly to our attitude, and occasionally — his face red with rage — he uttered those feared words.
We knew what was coming next. On at least one occasion, I was the one charged, tried and convicted.
His weapon of choice was a yardstick, and it hurt like hell. He was a strong believer that sparing the rod spoiled the child.
Media coverage of a new public opinion poll leaves the impression corporal punishment still goes on in schools but a quick check of legal developments contradicts that impression.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, alternate TNRD director and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a recipient of the Jack Webster Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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