I'm not entirely convinced on corporal punishment in schools - my dad's school had the strap, didn't seem to make any of those boys behave any better than the ones today. What really bugs me about discipline in schools today, and what I think should be fixed is:
- uniforms - I see so many boys with their shirts hanging out and ties askew, girls with hitched up skirts and kids generally looking very slovenly.
- lack of non-corporal punishment - detentions have become a joke, how about getting them to clean the gym locker room or something?
- mobile phones - too many kids use these in class, why not put in place those mobile phone jammers they use in theatres? An investment will be required but it would make the teachers' job a whole lot easier if the class were actually paying attention.
- general standard of behaviour required - whether at school or not, while they are in their uniform they should be well-behaved. There is a prestigious Catholic girls' school in my area that has an awful reputation of hosting loud-mouthed, sl*tty students - hop on any bus and there they are in their uniforms, behaving awfully.
- make-up - I'm confused, since when did it become OK to wear make-up to school? Especially layers and layers of it...
- spelling - has completely gone out the window, as have grammar, punctuation, handwriting and mental arithmetic. Call me old-fashioned (I'm 24, by the way), but I wouldn't employ someone who couldn't write legibly, construct a sentence or do basic calculations without reaching for their phone - I don't care what university degree they hold, those skills are essential in my book.
Just my $0.0208 (does the current AUD/USD exchange rate mean my two cents is worth more than everyone else's?