The fact is that as many as 19 states in the U.S. today allow teachers and school officials to hit children for infractions that they see as warranting corporal punishment although it may seem like something from a bygone era for many parents. That means that in many schools, it's legal for teachers and school officials to strike kids or inflict pain in some other way as a form of punishment. There is overwhelming evidence that corporal punishment may have harmful effects in kids and there is no evidence that physical punishment is an effective method of discipline – this is what critics of school corporal punishment say. Those who support school paddling and other physical punishment say that it's a good way to teach kids to behave in school. Over 119 countries do not allow corporal punishment in their educational settings, says Deborah Sendek. He works to promote effective discipline of children and to end all corporal punishment of children. A lot of big cities in states in which school corporal punishment is allowed, such as Texas, have made it illegal (which means, for example, that a child in Houston, Texas may not be paddled but a child in another part of the state where school corporal punishment is allowed by law may be hit by a teacher) – this is the situation in USA.

Corporal punishment in different states

Teachers are often using paddies to punish kids. Typically, the paddles are usually made out of wood or plexiglass and are about 2 feet wide, 4 inches long, and 2 inches thick. But teachers have also used other methods that cause physical pain and discomfort, such as forcing kids to run extra laps in hot weather without a water break. Most parents today are opposed to school personnel using physical punishment to discipline children. A 2005 poll showed that only about 23 percent of parents in the U.S. approve of school corporal punishment, says Dr Gershoff. One of the major problems with school corporal punishment is the lack of consistency. There are no uniform, set rules or policies regarding how is implemented, which infractions lead to it, what is and isn't counted as breaking a school rule, what object is used to hit kids, or what amount or type of pain is acceptable, just to name a few ways in which school corporal punishment can vary from district to district, or even from one school to another.  One principal in a school district may decide to allow corporal punishment at his school while another may decide against it for instance. One teacher may decide to let a child go with a warning for chewing gum while another may paddle for the same infraction even with one school. A teacher may decide to, say, remind a child to tuck in his shirt one day and then paddle another student on another day for the same thing in some cases. Some schools may decide it's okay for a kindergartener to be spanked while others may decide that's too young.