No, you haven’t woken up in some alternate universe. The year really is 2018 and teachers in Texas really are campaigning for corporal punishment to be reinstated, despite the fact that the barbaric practice was banned across most of the world in the 20th century.

As of 2015, corporal punishment is banned in 31 states. However, in the south of the country, it remains popular to paddle children whilst in the classroom, with states such as Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida all still permitting corporal punishment.

In fact, as of 2014, a student is hit every 30 seconds in an American public school, as reported by The Washington Post.

However, classroom punishments may be just about to get much more dramatic in The Three Rivers Independent School District, situated just south of San Antonio, Texas. The education board in this area is calling to have paddling reinstated to help them instill fear into disobedient students who don’t respond to verbal warnings and detention.

Listen to the discussion here and decide how it makes you feel…

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA) defines corporal punishment as “deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping, or any other physical force used as a means of discipline.”