I’m back with more stuff that just makes me shake my head in wonderment. Oh boy.
Anyone hear about the Daddy Blogger who proclaimed that he has a favorite child? He’s being condemned for his admission by many of his readers and the media. He says he doesn’t play favorites he just likes the older son more. I saw him being interviewed on a news show two days ago and then yesterday I saw a rebuttal interview with another daddy blogger who also condemned him and wondered what will happen in the future when the younger son learns how to navigate the web and can look up all these things; what kind of emotional torture this not-so-well-liked kid will go through. It might take a village, but when it gets down to brass tacks, it’s a family’s own business how they raise their kids. Sure, when you put things out there on a blog, you’re open to ridicule and condemnation (and praise, from time to time), and Heaven knows I’ve been told about myself on occasion as far as my blog goes and in real life. It’s what makes the world go ‘round.
You know what else is making the world go ‘round? This one: and it’s got all kinds of WTF written all over it.
There’s a big hullabaloo over a Texas school spanking incident. It’s not the spanking that’s sparking the outrage, as corporal punishment is legal and from what I understand welcomed in this Texas burg of Springtown and for all I know, all of Texas. It’s meant for students who cheat in school or are sassy, as long as the parent has given his or her written consent and it’s in lieu of other forms of punishment such as detention or suspension.
Well, the whole thing went kerfluey when one of the girls, 16 year old Jada Watt, came home with raised welts on her bottom after she was paddled for mouthing off to a teacher and an assistant principal. The mother, Cathi, admits her daughter deserved to be punished, but not bruised. This might just be me thinking out loud, but isn’t 16 kind of old to be getting spanked for misbehaving? But it gets better. The real reason the mother got upset is because it was a male educator who administered the throttling. And of course that male/female combo leads to all kinds of sexual connotations. THAT gem was suggested by Jimmy Dunne, president of People Opposed to Paddling Students. I’m not making that up. Honest. And I laughed out loud, literally, when I read that.
Had it been a female educator, the mother suggested (and I’m paraphrasing here) the result wouldn’t have been as harsh since a woman doesn’t have the same force as a man. I beg to differ. I grew up in an era where mother’s could spank their kids. Granted, I wasn’t 16, but a paddle hurts no matter who’s hitting you with it. That was also an era when you felt fear at the mere suggestion your parents would be told you were bad, not when all would be smoothed over with the new “in vogue” canned response of “oh, he’s just expressing himself…”
So, they’re amended this rule. A male can paddle… good grief, saying paddle makes it sound so juvenile–”I’m gonna paddle your bottom!”–… Let me start again. A male can paddle a female student as long as there is an educator of the same sex as the child present. And nothing negates sexual connotation like having a witness. Also, if you need a woman there so the man can spank the kid, why not just let the woman do it?
Let’s get a WTF tally: spanking high school age kids; needing a same sex to witness the paddling so there’s no sexual connotation; parents condoning the act in the first place, when they should take up the reins at home and administer fitting punishment at home so the kids don’t act like animals in public; having an organization called People Opposed to Paddling Students. That’s 4 at least.