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
The Macomb (Michigan) Daily (8/27/01) had a chart, I believe culled from the Secret Service Report mentioned earlier, called, “School Killings,” that showed how many school related violent deaths occurred in each state from 1992-1999. Comparing that data with each state’s paddling status, and again comparing that with the 1996 World Almanac data for school populations in those states (taken from 1993), shows that the risk of students being killed at school is about 7% higher in the paddling states. That isn’t statistically much difference, and that percentage could alter a bit here and there by using different measures or methods, but it clearly shows that paddling does not “end school shootings,” and even more, does not reduce them. If the data showed anything in that regard, in fact, it would show that paddling increases them.
But the mirror trend we noted is also significant. School killings declined dramatically from 1992-2000, with 52 or so cases in each of 1992 and 1993, and only 7 in 2000. Violence can decline, even as the paddle declines in use and more schools opt out of it.
Nationally the trend is even more overwhelming. An AP article on Sept. 9. 2002, declared, “Violent Crime at 28-Year Low.” In fact it might be lower than that, since it is at its lowest level since the government started tracking crime in 1973. In 1977 when the Supreme gave its blessing to paddling, 49 states paddled. Shortly after the court ruled paddling constitutional, and in league with a perverted attempt to provide “women’s lib,” many paddling schools began to allow men to paddle adolescent girls, right through age 19. The number and severity of paddlings for ever more trivial offenses began to ratchet up for both genders in the places that continued to paddle. First video cameras, and now digital spy cameras, began to raise cases of hidden camera child spanking pornography being made in the schools--although it generally got little press. The majority of US states became truly enlightened and recognized the physical and sexual abuse, as well as the extreme conflicts between paddling and sexual harassment statutes, and ended paddling altogether. Thus, as of 2002, only 23 states paddled, down from 49 in 1977, and in more than half of the paddling states, more than half of the students attend non-paddling schools.
During this period from 1977 to 2002 paddling at first increased and became more perverse, which it continued to do in the much paddling South to the present day, and there was an initial corresponding rise in youth crime and murder. As states began to seriously ban paddling there has been, however, a steady decline in violence. We’ve reduced violent crime to its historic low in just the same years we eliminated the paddling in the majority of states.
Whether ending the paddle abuse helped in any way with these crime drops, along with increased prison use and such, is debatable. What is proven on a large scale in the US, however, is that paddling is not necessary to reduce crime. In fact this proves that we can do a good job in reducing violent crime in the US while at the same time eliminating paddling completely.
Paddling is a violent thing to do--and not surprisingly the high paddlers have a more violent society. Paddling is sexually abusive, and not surprisingly high paddling states have higher divorce and STD rates than the nation. Paddling is a dumb thing to do--and not surprisingly the paddling states tend toward the bottom of the educational pile, whether we consider high school standardized tests, or college attainment rates.
Paddling is all of those things: Violent, sexually abusive, and dumb. The best thing you can say for paddling is that it is out of control, reckless endangerment of children by people with good intentions. The worst you can say is that it is systematic physical and sexual abuse. Regardless of the many motivations behind it, both hidden and open, paddling does no good whatsoever.
Chapter 7: Does Paddling Do Any Good?