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Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm

We asked, and you commented. Last week, the Bowling Green Times asked its Facebook followers what they think about disciplinary regulations within the school system. Here are some of your answers.


Question: “In-school discipline regulations are very strict. The days of spankings and getting whacked with a ruler are long gone. However, many will argue that students were better behaved when teachers were free to punish as they saw fit. What do you think? Should educators have the liberty to discipline students when they act out?”


Your Answers*:

“Pretty simple……Spare the rod, spoil the child. Different punishments for different rules broken/ amount of times the same rule is broken.” – Jamie Prior

“I have 5 children, (one with autism) ages 2 – 13, and my husband and I both work full time at NECC. Each School year the teachers or faculty compliment us on our children’s behavior and table manners. It is because we believe in spankings, along with many other things. Eating supper together at the table. No personal cell phones PERIOD. When they are older, they can use a “family cell phone” to get rides home after events, since there are no longer pay phones. We still have X-Box’s, iPods, iPads, monitored that do not leave the home. I wish other parents could see how much better children behave and safer they feel having that discipline / boundaries. Yes, I wish the school would discipline more, especially on the buses. If we had more sidewalks in Bowling Green, I would prefer my kids to walk to school, give the bus drivers more discipline rights as well please!” –  Alyson Porter Efnor

“Kids are out of control but mostly bc parents don’t have control and that is mostly bc we are too worried about losing our kids to DCF if we punish our kids someone is quick to make a hotline call and parents are more worried about losing their kids then to punish them if parents and teachers could go back to the way it was then kids wouldn’t be such ungrateful spoiled rotten brats I know that if I acted the way kids do know a days 1. I wouldn’t be able to sit for a week 2. I wouldn’t have any teeth left & 3. I would think twice before I did it again we had more respect for our parents and teachers back then and we didn’t worry about school violence bc our parents kept us in line about right and wrong I think teachers should be able to do things they way they did back in the day” – Stephanie Harless

“No! However; I remember a time when we would get in trouble for talking in class & have to lose recess to write on the chalkboard or on a piece of paper, ‘I will not talk in class,’ about a 100x. Or receive extra ‘classwork papers’ to complete for misbehaving. OR be moved to the front of the class beside the teacher’s desk. I know that worked for me at Boncl & Bowling Green Elementary. LoL. Only took one humiliation in front of all students to straighten up. Just a thought…” – MikeN’Angie Grover Ridgeway

“I agree, we Used to be afraid of the teachers, now the teachers are afraid of the students! Whop their hind end and get their attention, they don’t need to be beat but a LOT of the kids could use a lesson in r-e-s-p-e-c-t!” – Rhonda McLeary Davis

“I think discipline starts in the home. I believe today’s parents have become lazy and would rather give in to the demands of the child instead of dealing with an unwanted behavior. Therefore we as a society are raising a bunch of spoiled, entitled, brats who have no respect what so ever for those around them. That is why our educators have such a rough time. If there were more parents willing to go in and get their hands dirty, let your kids get mad at you (trust me they will get over it) invade their privacy (there kids they do not need privacy) STOP being there friends (they have plenty of friends)!! Get involved know what there doing, where there going, who there going with, and then make sure that is exactly what they did. If parents did the job they are supposed to do then educators wouldn’t have the problem they do today. Kids are very smart and they know that teacher’s, and principals can only do so much. They are not fearful of the consequence’s of their actions because it is rarely more than a simple slap on the wrist. If a student thought for one minute that if they misbehaved in class there punishment could very well be a swat, by the teacher, in front of everyone they may reconsider more from the embarrassment of it as opposed to any pain. So I guess my long answer to your question would be YES I do think children would have more respect and be better behaved if they allowed the teachers to go old school!!” – Sean Mary Massie



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