On occasion the news brings an interesting juxtaposition of stories.
On Nov. 30 there was a front-page Star article concerning a school where, when necessary, officials dared use a paddle on recalcitrant students. “We have no serious disciplinary problems,” the principal said.
On an inside page that same day, a story told of some teachers who had staged a walkout. Why? Because there was little discipline in their Kansas City school. They said they were afraid of the students.
Shortly thereafter, Richard Adams (12/9, Voices) excoriated James Dobson for daring to suggest that spanking, done properly, might be an excellent deterrent in some cases of indiscipline. Adams’ response: “Children should never be spanked.”
On that same day, on Page A-2 of The Star, there was a story about four teens who I can only imagine were never spanked. They beat a man to death and then gleefully took their friends to see his body. They will get a taste of real discipline while serving life sentences in a penitentiary.
Dobson’s spare-the-rod-and-spoil-the-child advice could have been a wonderful blessing to those boys and those four families. But no. Don’t spank children. It might show that you really love them.