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Corporal Punishment?

I couldn't figure out whether to put this in the "news" section or my blog...but, anyway, two Canadian Mennonite teachers are in trouble with the law for using corporal punishment at school on a couple of boys.  The article lacks some essential information, like what the boys did to merit the punishment.  Not sure how I feel about "corporal punishment."  I think I have less of a problem with a good ol' spanking if the parents are meting out the discipline.  I think teachers doing it just presents problems on so many levels it's probably not worth it.  

I remember when I was in grade school, paddles were still commonplace in classrooms.  As I got older they tended to remain in the assistant principal's office.  I also just don't think it works these days.  Paddle an 11-year-old kid in today's world and the assistant principal could have a switchblade to his throat quickly.  Kids are just way better "armed" these days. SIGH.

At home, I was rarely, rarely spanked as a child.  I was generally a good kid:)   The last time my Mom tried was when I was around 8 years old....I must have done something to deserve a spanking, because, as noted, they were rare.  But I knew one was coming, so I ran to my room quickly and stuck some Legos down my pants and when my Mom's hand hit my behind....well...it didn't feel good on her hand.   She ended up laughing about it and still does.

As far as the Amish go...do they practice corporal punishment?  The answer: I'm not sure.  I'm sure SOME do.  I've heard stories of spankings. But I'm not sure how widespread the practice is.  I don't think Lovina and her husband "spank", but some things, like, parental discipline just seems to me to be such a personal, private matter that I have never asked. One of the few topics I probably have NOT discussed with Lovina.  So, I'm sure this post will spak some discussion.....where do you come down on the topic of corporal punishment either at home or at school.  Should these Mennonite teachers be in trouble?


Blog Brain Fog

I plead guilty to having a blog fog the past few days.  Chalk it up to the first whiffs of sunny spring which had been circulating through southern Ohio.  Makes it tough to be motivated sitting in front of a computer indoors. Now it's gloomy and rainy, though.  Still there are few feelings like the first warm days after a long cold winter.

So, in lieu of thinking of something creative to write myself, I'll rely on the words of others.

A blogger in NW Indiana (a fellow guy, at that!) had some nice things to say about the Amish Cook on his blog recently. Thank you for the kind words!

Check out this woman's blog!  We've all talked plenty on this site in the past about Amish Friendship Bread with all its quirks, but this lady takes it to a new level: CHOCOLATE Amish Friendship Bread!  Yum!

Lastly, I love the Canadian Anabaptist country, especially around Kitchener-Waterloo. I have to return one day.  In the meantime, though, this was a short, but interesting, piece about the tiny town of St. Jacob's, Ontario and it's Old Order Mennonite population.


Anyone See Dr. Phil On Friday?

I was visting with my uncle on Friday evening and he told me earlier in the day he had watched an episode of Dr. Phil (I have nothing against the guy, but I don't think I've ever watched a single show of his) and that it had something to do with Mennonites.  Details from my uncle were sparse, but he said it was about Mennonites and Central America? Did anyone watch the show on Friday?  If so, could you fill me/us in a bit on what exactly the episode was about?  Thanks!


Blog Stuff

Well today is kind of a slow day in my world.  So when the going is slow and I can't think of anything meaningful to write about, I'll scan the blogosphere for someone who does.   This first blog I'll share is interesting in that the non-Amish blogger is describing the possibility of selling her home to an Amish couple.  I'm not sure where in Ohio the writer is (I'll try to find out), but her observations were accurate.  Amish people who buy an "English" home are given a certain length of time to get it up to local church code, which usually means stripping it of electricity, plumbing, and other items. 

This is someone's blog post about this dopey "Amish heater" we've been hearing so much about.  Folk, it's a scam.....well, "scam" MIGHT be too strong a word...it may well be a working electric space heater, but it has about as much of an Amish connection as Mitt Romney has.

Lastly, I'm not sure who this writer is, what the blog's mission is, but she shares some really insightful peeks into Kentucky's growing "plain community."  The Bluegrass State has rival Wisconsin in its Anabaptist population growth.  This is a report from "on the ground" in Kentucly.  This is the first of a series, which I'll update here as she updates it.


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