Saturday, April 17, 2010

How to Discipline Children in Schools?

The Washington Post reports that a school district in Texas has brought back corporal punishment (paddling), and the behavior of the students has greatly improved. Yet psychologists, the ACLU, and others are seeking to ban it altogether nationwide.

Here are some verses from the Bible that describe how to deal with disobedience. This method was used in schools when I was a kid. If I remember correctly I think I got "it" once!

Deuteronomy 8:5 "You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the LORD your God chastens you.”
Proverbs 19:18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him.
Proverbs 10:13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding.
Proverbs 10:13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding.
Proverbs 26:3 A whip for the horse, A bridle for the donkey, And a rod for the fool's back.
Proverbs 29:15 The rod and rebuke give wisdom, But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
Proverbs 29:17 Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul.
Proverbs 23:13 Do not withhold correction from a child, For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. 14 You shall beat him with a rod, And deliver his soul from hell.
Proverbs 13:24 He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly (diligently).

Unfortunately not many people believe that anymore. They think that man-made ways of trying to change behavior are better. However, I can say that I can give many examples of families who use the biblical method and families that use other methods, and the families that use the biblical method overall have much more obedient children.

It must be remembered though that the ultimate goal in child-rearing is not behavior modification, but that the child's heart is right before God.

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