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Pres. Obama: Ban Corporal Punishment in U S Public Schools

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AN URGENT MESSAGE TO THE PRESIDENT Dear President Obama, We are writing to alert you to a gross and unconscionable violation of schoolchildren's fundamental human rights. The practice to which we refer is universally condemned by recognized leaders in the fields of pedagogy and psychology. Nevertheless, it is widespread, and those with the authority to correct it either are unaware of the problem, or pretend to be unaware. The United States is the only Western industrialized democracy that permits schoolchildren to be punished by being battered on the buttocks with a wooden board. This practice, known as "paddling," is legal in 21 states, and occurs approximately 1/4 million times per year. Such blatant child abuse has many well-documented negative effects, and no benefits. It is one of the causes of the high rate of drop-out that afflicts public schools in paddling states. It promotes violence by modeling violence. It signals its users' incompetence. The time is past due for all educators to be held to a higher standard of professionalism -- one that guarantees a safe, nurturing, violence-free environment to every schoolchild. We, the undersigned, demand the immediate abolition of corporal punishment in U S public schools. Please read related: "An Open Letter to President Obama From Children's Rights Advocates" at www.thehittingstopshere.com/letter2obama.htm

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Children's rights advocacy organizations: The Hitting Stops Here! http://www.TheHittingStopsHere.com Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education http://www.nospank.net

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Child's rights advocacy organizations: TheHittingStopsHere.com http://www.thehittingstopshere.com/letter2obama.htm www.nospank.net http://nospank.net/letter2obama.pdf www.stophitting.org www.nopunish.net www.neverhitachild.org www.alice-miller.com www.nospankingzone.org www.laurieacouture.org www.janebluestein.com www.positivediscipline.com
  • Leticia
    Leticia United States, New York
    Oct 13, 2015
    1
    Oct 13, 2015
    No one should have the right to put their hands on any child!
  • Myriam Sheets
    Myriam Sheets United States, Corsicana
    Oct 09, 2015
    1
    Oct 09, 2015
    Child abuse should never be condoned no matter what the circumstanced are.
  • Kelly Erwin
    Kelly Erwin United States, Minneapolis
    Oct 03, 2015
    1
    Oct 03, 2015
    http://www.endcorporalpunishment.org/implementation/positive-discipline-resources/ " Corporal punishment is the commonest form of violence which children suffer, in all regions. And there are many perspectives from which to condemn it. The imperative for prohibiting and eliminating it is children’s equal human right to full respect for their dignity and physical integrity and to equal protection under the law.
    Sometimes it seems that dwelling on other perspectives, other arguments, can actually undermine acceptance of the immediate human rights imperative for action. We don’t look for proof that domestic violence against women damages their physical or mental health in order to justify prohibiting it and ending impunity. It would be insulting to women to do so, and it is equally insulting to children to suggest we have to prove harm in order to justify extending to them the legal protection that we as adults take for granted from being deliberately assaulted."
    - Peter Newell
  • athena cruz
    athena cruz United States, Corona
    Sep 28, 2015
    1
    Sep 28, 2015
    i have none:)
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