Well, otherwise, it's hard to understand how a "Back to the Future" moment can be seen as astonishing:
“No one likes to spank their child,” admits Trumbull, “And I wouldn’t advocate that anyone spank their child if they don’t want to. But the point is, it can be an effective tool for use with young children between the ages of 2 and 6 years when milder measures fail.”In other news of the unexpected, school children perform much better when schools insist on discipline, study, and hard work:
School administrators take pride in their record of frequently firing teachers they consider to be underperforming. Unions are embraced with the same warmth accorded "self-esteem experts, panhandlers, drug dealers and those snapping turtles who refuse to put forth their best effort," to quote the school's website.Yeah, I'm late to this party. Still.
Students, almost all poor, wear uniforms and are subject to disciplinary procedures redolent of military school. One local school district official was horrified to learn that a girl was forced to clean the boys' restroom as punishment.
It would be easy to dismiss American Indian as one of the nuttier offshoots of the fast-growing charter school movement, which allows schools to receive public funding but operate outside of day-to-day district oversight. But the schools command attention for one very simple reason: By standard measures, they are among the very best in California.
Hat tip: The Blog Prof.