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The Case Against Corporal Punishment As the crime rate in our country grows teaching our children right from wrong is one of the most important tasks facing educators At some point or another this task will require some sort of disciplinary action In years past schools used corporal punishment to discipline children Connie Paige reports that According to US Department of Education statistics more than 600000students were struck by teachers in public schools in 1990 Studies show that in todays society corporal punishment does more harm than good here in the United States Many states have recognized the problems associated with corporal punishment and have begun to phase it out of their system Still many states especially those in the South hold on to this outdated form of discipline Research coupled with the opinions of most health care professionals indicate that there is a problem Corporal punishment is not an effective form of discipline in schools One of the major complaints against corporal punishment is that many educators misuse it Discrimination is a key problem in the use of corporal punishment According to Kreck Research has shown that boys are hit more often than girls disabled students are hit more often than students who arent handicapped Minority kids are hit more often than Anglo students In fact black children are three times likely to be paddled than white children Paige 26 Corporal punishment can also be implemented to an abusive level There is a fine line between corporal punishment and abuse No one can agree on when corporal punishment begins to become abuse Pride 8 All states have rules that are supposed to regulate corporal punishment but in many cases these rules are easy to get around For example most laws require that a witness oversee the spanking The witness is usually another teacher or faculty member often with the same viewpoint as the disciplining teacher Hagen Obvio usly this taking sides
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