There are scientific studies that claim corporal punishment makes children more aggressive. Of course, Climategate has taught us liberal politics can heavily influence the outcome of scientific studies. Outside of the academic ivory towers, real people have found spanking can improve the behavior of children.
Texas city revives paddling...
But even by Texas standards, Temple is unusual. The city, a compact railroad hub of 60,000 people, banned the practice and then revived it at the demand of parents who longed for the orderly schools of yesteryear. Without paddling, "there were no consequences for kids," said Steve Wright, who runs a construction business and is Temple's school board president.
Since paddling was brought back to the city's 14 schools by a unanimous board vote in May, behavior at Temple's single high school has changed dramatically, Wright said, even though only one student in the school system has been paddled.