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Corporal Punishment is the use of physical punishment as a means to provide discipline to a mischievous individual. When we use this type of discipline in schools are we teaching our kids that it okay to hit someone that is inferior to them and smaller people are fair game? How is this different from a spanking when does corporal punishment in the school system become abuse, we need remember it is a very thin line. Anger I feel that my essay will appeal to students, parents and the educators as well as maybe a few lawmakers. I feel that it really relates to our school system today. I feel that it is simply asking them to question themselves and say when abuse is considered abuse. I wanted my essay to inform the parents, and persuade to educators and lawmakers that this is definitely a problem. Thesis Statement: Corporal Punishment is the use of physical punishment as a means to provide discipline to a mischievous individual. When we use this type of discipline in schools are we teaching our kids that it okay to hit someone that is inferior to them and smaller people are fair game? How is this different from a spanking when does corporal punishment in the school system become abuse, we need remember it is a very thin line. If we are ever to turn toward a kindlier society and a safer world, a revulsion against the physical punishment of children would be a good place to start. - Dr. Spock Corporal punishment in schools occurs when the teacher or the "adult-in-charge" purposely inflicts pain upon a child in order to stop that child's unacceptable behavior and/or inappropriate language. It is also used to prevent the child from repeating that behavior or offense and to set an example for others. Did you know that only 27 states have laws that bar the use of corporal punishment in their schools? States that have no laws banning corporal punishment are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Deleware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming. http://library.thinkquest.org/J002606/Discipline.html

That mentality spreads across 23 states that still permit paddling, with Mississippi, Arkansas, and Alabama doling out this form of punishment the most. In fact, the U.S. is one of only two industrialized countries that still permit school corporal punishment (Canada is the other).

Other Forms of Punishment

Paddling, however, isn’t the only punishment issue that schools must deal with. The popular press periodically runs stories about "unique" student punishment. Some recent examples include a child having to lick a blackboard, a student made to crawl around school for an entire day, and a child being taped to a wall.

" Those examples are human behavior aberrations," said Nadine Block, director of the Center for Effective Discipline. "You are going to have people who use inappropriate discipline, but it’s important for schools to create an atmosphere without corporal punishment. Only then can they look at more effective discipline techniques."

The first step in creating such an environment is to establish and follow a discipline policy and/or a code of conduct.

" We don’t tolerate corporal punishment or verbal abuse, but we do have a code of conduct," said Florida principal and 1999 NDP Melanie Fox. "The code outlines for parents, students, and teachers what we expect from students and the escalating disciplinary actions that will occur if a child fails to meet those expectations."

According to Fox, having a discipline policy also prevents unequal treatment. "With a policy, there is no question about what punishment should and will be enforced."

Parents should sign a copy of the policy, and teachers, paraprofessionals, and the principal should feel comfortable enforcing the policy at all times.

" The principal must be proactive and make sure there is a...
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