Not to make it political, but it really is at this point. Those liberal "pot smoking hippies" that were our teachers incorporated this touchy/feely approach to the world, so the "if it feels good, do it" mantra was incorporated into our upbringing, and the disease spread.
And the school had the paddle.It certainly was a different world when my siblings and I were growing up in the 50s and 60s. My Dad had a belt; Mom had a wooden spoon and we all got it at one time or another. NONE of us would ever behave in public the way I see children today being allowed to behave. My parents did not have to beat us; usually the evil eye or threat of a bar of soap in the mouth, the belt or the wooden spoon was enough!
And the school had the paddle.
This was one of the best deterrents of antisocial behavior.
This was one of the best deterrents of antisocial behavior. Just the prelude to what was going to happen once the door closed, was enough to turn any wanna be tough guy, into an alter boy.
Parents, "Do you have a wooden paddle?"
Vice Principal, "Yes, yes I do."
Parents, "Use it freely and just send a note home to let us decide if the punishment was severe enough. We'll add grounding if necessary."
Grounding only works if there is a parent home to enforce it. When my Brother and I were coming along, if/when we got grounded, Mom was a stay-at-home Mom back then. When we got off the bus after school, if we were grounded, the grounding restrictions/parameters were then in effect. Does that still happen today, when both parents work?