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

1,426 Signatures Goal: 5,000

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
  • Michael Boyer
    Michael Boyer United States, Florence
    Mar 17, 2017
    Mar 17, 2017
    This is insane that this still happens. This needs to end.
  • Kahlil Irving
    Kahlil Irving United States, Saint Louis
    Mar 13, 2017
    Mar 13, 2017
    STOP THE VIOLENCE!
  • 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!
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    Michael Boyer United States
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    Evan Rigas Greece
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    Laurel Burns United States
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    stacie vandenberge Ece educator United States
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    connie frasca United States
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