On KY3's Rewind to 1991 (watch now NBC reporter, former KY3 reporter LeAnn Gregg's report here), the state legislator was starting to ban what most kids I have in high school have never even had to think about dealing with (since most of them weren't even alive in 1991 -- yeah, that makes me feel old). The state was beginning its ban on corporal punishment in schools.
I don't think corporal punishment should be implemented on older students, but sometimes I think that elementary students need that sometimes. I think that anybody who says "NO SPANKING!" needs a head check. I definitely don't think spanking is the only answer to discipline and should not be the only consequence of broken rules. But I don't think it should be taken out of the range of consequences either.
I think the bottom line is that parents need to discipline their children. Most don't want to deal with their own children (whether it's a positive or a negative situation) -- trust me, I deal with that on a daily basis at work. But what will change that? I think parents should be required to take a course on child psychology, or at least if it's not a requirement maybe the government could give a tax break (or some kind of incentive) to people who successfully complete and pass a course on child development or something; I made that decision after taking my child psychology class as a requirement for education program at Missouri State.
Something's gotta change somehow, and I can guarantee you the U.S. education system isn't going to improve and meet the world's standards without changing our nation's child rearing practices at home.
RODNEY KING, 47
5 years ago