Society is going to hell because we don't (legally) beat children anymore. This sentiment is strewn across editorial pages and social media by commenters who believe we need to return to the "good old days," when we paddled children at home and even at school.

Discipline has become part of the narrative surrounding nationwide teachers' strikes. Educators are locked in a stalemate with the government, insisting they need more time away from students to plan. And more money would help, too. Teachers are not asking for a return to corporal punishment, which was legal in New Zealand until 1990.

Some

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