The Problem and the Cure
By Jordan Riak, March 21, 2011
Some critics of our campaign have argued that government has no business telling people how to raise their children, and that corporal punishment in schools is merely an extension of prevailing family values that vary from region to region, from school district to school district.Now, let’s reflect for a moment on a few other behaviors that not long ago flourished under the banner of “family values”:
And that’s just the short list.Justice Brandeis said: “Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill it teaches the whole people by example.”
Isn’t it time that state legislatures set the right example by extending to schoolchildren the normal protections against felony assault and battery that applies to everyone else?
The ban against corporal punishment of schoolchildren is long overdue. It deserves swift, unanimous, unambiguous support.