1. “Culture War” Propaganda that Supports Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse
2. School Beatings in the News “Parental “Support” (as long as they remain ignorant)
3. Paddling: “Out of Control” Pseudo Science
4. Paddling Brutality and Injuries
5. Reasons for Paddling
6. Can We Justify Child and Adolescent abuse?
7. Does Paddling Do Any Good?
·Short term “gain” verses long term harm—which is the more important issue for education?
·Prostituting Our Children to Lower Our Taxes?
·Does paddling do anything good?
·National academic comparison of paddling states verses non-paddling states
·On to College Rates—High Paddling States tend to be Ignorant States
·Individual Schools Within the Same State— Again, Paddling Schools the Most Ignoran
·Does Paddling Reduce Smoking Rates (Or Increase them?)
·Does paddling help reduce divorce rates, have no effect, or does it increase divorce?
·Paddling, “zero tolerance” and school shootings
·FBI report on the real causes for school shootings
·Warnings preceded school killings, study shows
·Jonesboro shooter paddled the day before?
·Arkansas’ dark paddling secrets?
·Guns, Paddling, and Youth Violence
·The “death of the paddler” connection 2: Paddled Georgia Child Kills Principal
·SCLC plans to probe stabbing death of principal in Barrow
·Paddling and Killing
8. The Phallic Paddle
9. Padding in the Digital Age: “Bringing Back the ‘Good Old Days?’”
10. “Did Jesus Teach "School Paddling?”
11. Other Religious Views
12. Lifetime Sexual and Psychological Damage for Victims and Witnesses
13. Sadism: a Job Hazard for Paddlers
14. School Paddling as Sexual Harassment
We’ve seen that paddling causes harm. Some supporters say the fear and intimidation factor is a good thing, however, and they believe that paddling makes schools, students, and society “better” in some mysterious way. They acknowledge that paddling does harm at times, but insist that there is some overall greater good that comes of it. Is this true? Does paddling do good overall, as well as cause the known harm? Are the kids who are physically, psychologically, or sexually injured by paddling just a few of the “broken eggs” we need to make our "American Omelet?"
This is surprisingly easy to answer since America has a very decentralized government. Every state increasingly "does whatever it wants to." Within our American educational anarchy every school further does whatever it wants to in many of those states. Some have abandoned paddling, some "have it" but hardly use it, and others beat and humiliate children and adolescents as a daily fact of school life. We can look at the states that paddle a lot compared to the ones that don’t and easily compare crime, educational achievement, smoking rates, divorce rates, and any other statistics that are available, as we did with prison rates at the beginning of the chapter. In every category that paddling is supposed to improve—character, sexual modesty, school performance, crime, etc., the paddling states do no better and, if anything, do worse, than the states that don’t paddle at all.
Paddling does a lot of harm. While paddling may induce fear and domination over students it does not do any good in the long run, either for them or for society in general. Paddling does not reduce crime or smoking. Paddling does not help education. Paddling does not reduce sexual promiscuity. As with any form of child sexual abuse, in fact, I believe paddling actually increases promiscuity. Paddling does not enhance graduation rates. There are fewer women elected to office in the paddling states, and much fewer in the highest paddling states.
Specifically, paddling does not "stop school shootings." If anything it contributes to them. If only one in 100 US school children are paddled every year, as school paddlers claim, and we have maybe 15 recent mass school shootings, and if only one of those children had been paddled, then we already have a higher percentage of paddled shooters than the paddled population as a whole. It looks very likely that at least one recent mass shooter was paddled the very day before his shooting rampage. Further he may have specifically targeted the teacher who paddled him.
Many other shootings are also from paddling states. No one has told us whether those students were ever paddled but, if anything once again, even from the crumbs of data we can glean, paddling increases the odds of mass school shootings, rather than decreases them.
As an ironic "silver lining" side note, considering that we in the U.S. often feel morally superior to the rest of the world, is that when it comes to the corporal punishment of children worldwide our own ignorant and abusive school paddling may actually help end school hitting elsewhere in the world. The one and only "good thing" about our continued use of paddling is that we will probably be the last country on earth to ban it—along with Somalia or somebody similar, just as we and slave-owning Somalia are the only countries on earth not to have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Every other country on earth ratified that treaty even though it imposed difficult changes to many of them. The world is more and more seeing us as a nation of “backward hillbillies” socially. It is possible that our hypocritical physical and sexual abuse of children in government and religious institutions is actually fueling the elimination of corporal punishment elsewhere in the world. When people debate it in other countries, all that has to be said is, “The United States still paddles students,” and there is no further argument. The rich and powerful, but nevertheless “backward hicks” of the world are doing it, so it can’t be good. I think we are more and more becoming like the Roman Empire of the world—powerful and rich but also arrogant, self-centered, and not looked up to for any moral or social guidance. Our extremely perverse battery of women in public and religious institutions, which in some ways is actually a backlash against “women’s lib,” is a good reason by itself for most countries to look elsewhere for enlightened social models.
Before we examine the statistics of the states, it might be well to see which states, as of 2002, do paddle, and which paddle a lot.
Chapter 7: Does Paddling Do Any Good?