I finally saw corporal punishment first-hand today. One of my students (oh…let’s call him John) was out of line and Mr. Jang – sweet, innocent Mr. Jang – told him to stand up and then smacked the kid on the forehead harder than I have ever seen (and heard) before. The kid slunked down in his chair immediately and everyone was quiet.
The real kicker? Mr. Jang walked over toward me (we were getting ready to put a movie on) and was laughing and chuckling (he’s just this adorable old man) and he says to me: “Very affective, yes?”
I didn’t know if I wanted to cry or laugh. Well, to each their own, I guess.