I have read numerous Letters to the Editor” written by John Amato which were informative and insightful. However, I must respond to his latest offering “Good Spanking,” which advocated for some form of corporal punishment in schools.
As a teacher who taught for some 45 years, his recommendations for dealing with unruly students are barbaric. Would Mr. Amato want the same treatment if his son (assuming he has one) was unruly? I’m sure that if Mr. Amato taught, he might have considered methods I used to deal with discipline problems:
• Speak to the disruptive student after class and try to determine causes for his negative behavior;
• Speak to other teachers who had this student before in order to determine whether this behavior is repetitive;
• Refer student to dean and/or guidance counselor;
• Make parental contact,; and/or
• As a last resort, depending on the nature of his behavior, refer student to principal who might decide after speaking with parent to suspend him.