But I will say that back in my day, why, I would have never hit a teacher – never would have talked back to one or shown any disrespect to any adult authority figure. I knew the consequences if I did. They didn’t paddle or anything in those days, but schools weren’t afraid to discipline in other ways. And all children back then knew that if they got in trouble at school, more punishment was waiting for them at home. You were expected to behave in school: no debate, no questions asked, no arguing. You just behaved. And you did whatever your teacher asked you to do without having a meltdown.
What it all boils down to is respect. And learning respect begins in the home, long before children go to school.