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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
  • Michele Peck
    Michele Peck United States, Nacogdoches
    Nov 02, 2016
    Nov 02, 2016
    Studies show that corporal punishment poses physical and psychological risks to all children.
  • Evan Rigas
    Evan Rigas Greece, Athens
    Oct 26, 2016
    Oct 26, 2016
    Please president,God with you,let it be your final movement!US is great,this makes the country look awful!
  • stacie vandenberge Ece educator
    stacie vandenberge Ece educator United States, Pasadena
    Sep 11, 2016
    Sep 11, 2016
    positive child discipline .all children, at home or school ,no excuse for violence towards a child. I have over twenty years exp.in the early childhood field. I am a strong advocate of positive discipline and teach parents to understand their child'sdevelopment (ages and stages.Positive discipline teaches empathy,respect and selfdiscipline.
  • John
    John United States, Woodridge
    Jul 22, 2016
    Jul 22, 2016
    Before Obama leaves office I am asking him to ban corporal in punishment in all schools and make it a federal crime for teachers to hit students. The reason i'm asking for a ban because research said that even if a child was spanked they will more likely to commit violent crimes, more likely to have mental illnesses, more likely to develop antisocial behavior, and they are more likely to abuse drugs. I was spanked as a child but it still caused some problems like for example when I was a junior in high school a teacher made me mad and I almost started to beat her up and I was struggling to control my anger but the good news was that I did not beat her up. When I was a child I was told that its okay for my parents to spank me as along they don't bruise me but it only encouraged me to be violent towards others. The second reason i'm asking for a ban because it is illegal to do this in the military, to prisoners, and even strangers. If Obama bans corporal punishment it will reduce things like violent crimes, drug abuse, and mental illnesses and also if Obama does this it can help solve some of the gun problem we have in this country. If states let schools use corporal punishment the federal government should cut off financial aid for things like schools, roads, etc. There are cases that the students are hit so hard that they need to go to the emergency room and the teacher will not get in trouble and thats another reason I want corporal punishment banned. These are references that proves that corporal punishment is bad
    http://news.utexas.edu/2016/04/25/risks-of-harm-from-spanking-confirmed-by-researchers
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/tarahaelle/2016/04/28/spanking-harms-kids-doesnt-work-and-leads-to-long-term-problems/#21e710305fa9

    Also there are much better alternatives to discipline a student than hitting them and states where children get hit the most they tend to have the most violent crimes, murder rates, and domestic violence. When Germany banned spanking violent crime went down. Hitting a student is wrong and immoral thats another reason I want it banned. Hitting a child period is wrong, immoral, cruel, and unnecessary.
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