On Christian Right leader Bryan Fischer‘s radio show yesterday, he spent plenty of time explaining how spanking kids was a good idea (“the bottom is just designed by God for that. It’s designed to receive the ‘board of education’”)…
Which was just the prelude to him telling his public school teacher listeners — oh, I’m sure there are tons — that he empathized with them. He knows how hard it is to maintain order in the classroom. He knows the struggles we have to deal with. Which is why he supports bringing back corporal punishment:
“I want to tell you we are not gonna have a functional education system where kids are actually learning — you’re not going to have an environment conducive to learning — until we bring corporal discipline back into our elementary schools, into our public schools. That is the only way you’re going to be able to maintain the kind of environment in a classroom where kids can actually learn something.”
Yep, that’s what we need: The threat of systematic abuse hovering over their little heads. Because no matter how much shit is going on at home, they can sleep soundly knowing their teachers have a weapon and they’re not afraid to use it.
As a teacher (albeit of high school students), I’ve had my share of chaotic classes. I’ve also had amazingly disciplined ones. The differences had nothing to do with the students’ ages or skill levels — it was all about how I reacted to the things outside of my control. If a student makes an off-topic comment or distracts the class, is my first reaction to punish him or to find a way to roll with it? Punishment, for me, always made things worse. Letting small things slide and talking to the student privately, after class, was always a better option. That may not be the case for everyone, but it’s worked for me so far.
In any case, at no point did I ever think, if I could just hit you, things would be so much better. What awful person thinks that way? Who really thinks corporal punishment would solve more problems than it would create?
(via Right Wing Watch)