Yeah... It's been only a little over 10 years since I was in high school, but, the difference b/w then and now is amazing. I worked for the school system a few years ago, and the audacity of many of the kids and their parents was incredible.
I went to a Catholic school which I'll never say was a positive experience, but I learned discipline and respect. No students were ever hit or threatened in any way. It wasn't needed because respecting our elders became natural very early on.