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Corporal Punishment

Corporal Punishment: The Monster That Won't Leave Us

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 08.22.2014 | World
Devishobha Ramanan

Schools have the potential to break the patterns of violence by giving children, their parents and communities the knowledge and skills to communicate, negotiate and resolve conflicts in more constructive ways. Losing this great opportunity could cripple the entire human race.

In Zimbabwe, Corporal Punishment Is the Preferred Tool for Shaping Children's Behavior

Miriam Mufaro | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Miriam Mufaro

As a mischievous child, being beaten up by parents and relatives for various misdemeanors became normal. I simply thought nothing of it; I did not think there was anything wrong with it.

Why One First-Grader Had To Sit On The Floor For Weeks While Her Classmates Used Desks

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.31.2014 | Parents

A Texas mother wants to get her son and daughter transferred out of their school after she learned that her daughter was made to sit on a classroom fl...

Abuse Against Disabled Children -- Courts Allow It

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Some people support corporal punishment in schools. These people think physical discipline is the only discipline that works on some children. However, virtually everyone can agree physical discipline should not be used against disabled children.

Abuse Allegations Still Plague Religious Homes for Troubled Teens

Maurice Chammah | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact
Maurice Chammah

Though attitudes about appropriate disciplinary practices for children have certainly shifted over the last decade and a half, the debate on them is hardly closed.

School District Decides To Stop Hitting Students... But Not For The Reason You Might Think

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents

A Florida school district that has long subjected misbehaving students to corporal punishment recently announced it would be suspending the practice a...

Jon Stewart Rips Kansas Rep's Child-Beating Bill

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.21.2014 | Comedy

Not much surprises Jon Stewart when it comes to politicians, but a new bill proposed by a Kansas representative that would allow people to legally hit...

Kansas Bill Would Allow For More Spanking In Schools

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. Editor's note: This update was posted Feb. 20 at 12:15 p.m.: Ka...

The 9 States Where The Most Kids Get Spanked In School

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

The controversial practice of corporal punishment in schools is still very much alive and kicking in the United States. In September, an Alabama mo...

Rebecca Klein

Outraged Parents Say School Not Budging On Corporal Punishment Policy | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.11.2013 | Parents

Wendy Chandler, the Alabama mother who spoke out after receiving a “Corporal Punishment Parental Consent Form” from her daughter’s school, is no...

The Power of Indian Public Opinion

Uzra Khan | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
Uzra Khan

Friday 13, 2013 was a big day in Indian news; possibly one of the biggest of the year so far. The men responsible for last year's gang rape were issued the death sentence, and the controversial Modi was officially crowned candidate for Prime Minister.

Would You Be Outraged If You Received This Permission Slip?

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.20.2013 | Parents

When Wendy Chandler received a back-to-school packet from her daughter’s Alabama elementary school in late August, she thought there had been a mist...

Demon Rum: Alcohol May Release Aggression in Religious Individuals

David Briggs | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

Mixing religion and alcohol may be dangerous to other people's health. A new study revealed that religious folks who were not under the influence were the most likely to turn the other cheek, while religious individuals who were intoxicated were the most likely to display aggression.

How Humans and Dogs Can Learn -- and Suffer -- From the Use of Negative Reinforcement

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 04.05.2013 | New York
Anna Jane Grossman

I've written a good deal on about some of the problems involved with using shock collars in animal training, mostly to stop behaviors. But an even worse application of this form of training is sing the shock to elicit desired behaviors.

John Celock

Republican Promotes 'Humane' Whipping | John Celock | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

The Republican state legislator in Montana who is pushing a bill that would allow criminals to choose corporal punishment over jail said he is doing s...

Montana Republican Pushes Draconian Law

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican state legislator in Montana, who once asked to be paid in gold coins, has introduced legislation that would allow convicted...

A Thanksgiving Prayer to Stand for Children and Our Nation's Future

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The greatest threat to our national security comes from our indefensible and foolish neglect of our children today, which will be the seeds of our nation's undoing if we do not act with urgency. As we give thanks, let's also stand for children who need our voice.

Teacher To Keep Job After Dragging, Slapping Kindergartener

Posted 11.01.2012 | Education

Tracy Drayton, a physical education teacher in Albany, Ga., will keep her job after a 30-day unpaid suspension following surveillance footage that sho...

Do We Really Still Use Corporal Punishment in Schools?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Corporal punishment may be under attack once again because we are starting a new school year. But until we outlaw it from every state in the country, we will have the problems associated with it each year.

The Separation of Values and Common Sense

Jason Stanford | Posted 09.26.2012 | Education
Jason Stanford

This week the Springtown school board decided that it was kosher for school administrators to punish the body (that is, administer corporal punishment) of students of the opposite gender, but only if the parents gave written permission.

Spanking Is Wrong, And Other Parenting Truths

Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.08.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Some questions really don't have two sides. "Is it okay to do something to your child that would land you in jail if you did it to a stranger on the street?" is one of those. You can phrase it other ways too -- like "Is it okay to hurt a child because it serves your immediate goal when science shows it can lead to long term harm?" But there is still just one answer.

Don't Put Creflo Dollar in Physical Discipline Debate

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 08.13.2012 | Black Voices
Morris W. O'Kelly

The only discussion in relation to Dollar should be if he's guilty and if so, how long should he go to jail; not whether the child somehow had it coming or whether youth today need more discipline.

Ugly Parents

Charlie Capen | Posted 08.01.2012 | Parents
Charlie Capen

I can't take it anymore so I'm writing this down ... on my phone. I'm watching a dad. He's the ugliest thing I've ever seen. Grotesque.

Who's the Pervert? Is Hitting a Child More Acceptable Than Holding Her?

Erika Christakis | Posted 07.22.2012 | Home
Erika Christakis

Single fathers -- gay fathers, no less -- seem to be under special scrutiny lest their loving attention veer into unsavory territory. Are we so uncomfortable with male nurturing that we assume something perverse about it?

Spanking Still Allowed At Some Florida Schools

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 03.15.2012 | Education

While punishing students by spanking them with paddles at school seems like a scene from Little House on the Prairie , it's still a reality for studen...