DH is currently in the interviewing process for a job in Austin, TX. We are really excited about the idea of moving to Austin. We've heard from everyone we talk to that it's an absolutely wonderful place. We love funky neighborhoods, good foods, folk music, biking, midwives and so many more things that Austin is known for. We feel like it would fit our personalities and politics and are really excited about the possibility of moving there. The job is also perfect for DH. So, we've been super excited about the idea of moving. . .
Until today. I was reading another parenting web site and saw an article about corporal punishment in schools and that it is allowed in Texas!!! I am horrified. Simply horrified. DH and I both grew up in Northern states where a teacher would be arrested if they hit a child. It's truly something that I can't even wrap my head around. We do not spank our daughter and the thought of someone else doing it at school is just horrid.
When I read the article, I thought, not Austin. Surely people there know better than to spank, right? Right? I did a quick search to see if schools in Austin actually use corporal punishment and stumbled onto a message board where the consensus seemed to be pro-spanking (some did say that only they should be doing it and not the teachers, but the majority seemed to be pro-spanking).
Is this normal for Austin? Is spanking socially acceptable there? Will my kid be spanked at school?
We're not home schoolers and our daughter will be going to school. I am starting to freak out. I'm also really disappointed because this doesn't fit with the image of Austin that I have, which is a nice, kind oasis.
What are your experiences with schools and corporal punishment in Texas?