Empowering civic activism toward a culture of peace.
Within the structure of the classroom a teacher that means what they say can enhance many more lives than one that no one respects. Sometimes a paddling is all the other class clowns need to see to stay within the margins benefiting not only themselves but the whole class.
The same is true in the World. I would respectfully like to differ with you on Iraq. If you choose, I would like to hear more on how you feel about it.
LIke the classroom, the leader of Iraq, Saddam was warned by the International community not to invade Kuwait. Sometimes people won't go the peaceful route and his army caused great crimes in Kuwait before the World collectively kicked him out. After hostilities ended, Saddam failed to live up to his cease fire commitments. In my opinion the reason the "Threat of licks" didn't work is that a whole section of the World degraded the message. They became "human shields" sending Saddam and other bully leaders a mixed message. Voices cried out on how the Bush administration was criminal.
What message did that send? So now we are back to square one with all the sacrifices made by our soldiers, civilians, and their foes suffering for nothing. It is like another teacher walked past the classroom and publicly tongue lashed the teacher with the paddle. Wouldn't the kids be confused? What would keep other kids from being negative and ruining the school environment?
How do you see it?
I see you wrote this a year ago, but I hope you didn't despair for too long. That poll is discouraging, but at least the numbers are better nationwide: "In a 2005 poll, only 23 percent of adult respondents believed that teachers should be permitted to spank children in school; in other words, 77 percent of Americans disapprove of school physical punishment." It's quoted from this report: http://www.phoenixchildrens.com/PDFs/principles_and_practices-of_ef...