"I am not among those who fear the people. They and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1816 "[F]acts are before ideas." -- Mikhail Bakunin, 1882
When I was in school the school system I attended still had what they called corporal punishment. Swats with a board were pretty basic but we also had many other methods such as holding books to each side of your body (arms outstretched) for hours on end and if your arms drooped to much or if you dropped the books you had time added and had to do it all over again. We also had what they called push up position where you had to support your upper body with your arms (like doing a push up) where you had to stay. Again if you could not support yourself for the allotted time you had time added and had to start over. They also had basics like running a certain distance on the field or sit ups, that sorta thing. I had witnessed kids who were not physically inclined miss several days to weeks of classroom time to fulfill their punishments.
My problem with these types of punishments, like our penal system, is they fail to teach anyone the wrongness of their behavior. They simply make punishment miserable so a person may never consider their actions other then dreading the punishment leaving many to be "Ok" with their actions as long as they can get away with it and avoid the punishment. I think the proper way to deal with those who misbehave is to teach them and make them understand the "why" their actions are unacceptable. Holding books, being spanked, or forced into a cell will not achieve this. It only makes them become better at avoiding being caught and misses the core issues and this is why we have so many repeat offenders.
what a dumb-ass thread
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Hence my poll question.