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A Return to Tough Love

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Darryl James

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People who think permissiveness and time outs are the answer for ALL children are damned fools. It only works for kids who won't be too far out of line in the first place. Of course there were problems with corporal punishment in the classroom, including abuse by teachers who went too far and accidental injuries, but to allow children too much latitude will provide them with a skewed vision of how the world works. For some humans, the result will be a life of out of control situations, based on that skewed vision of the world. Today, after three decades of permissiveness, many of our kids are out of control. And instead of simply looking to add more duties to an already overtaxed and nearly failing school system, we should place more of the focus on parental training. After all, you have to learn how to drive a car, but no one is trained on being a parent. Today’s youth rarely show respect for their elders and to be honest, it’s not entirely their fault. They are not being properly disciplined and even though we see the result of the faulty method, we are still acting timid about tough love. This discussion will focus on the myriad methods of parenting, including corporal punishment. Co-hosts, Trey Whitaker and Demetria Richardson.

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