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

Paula Flowe
Paula Flowe 33 Comments
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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
  • Lorraine Cange
    Lorraine Cange United States, Mascoutah
    Apr 07, 2017
    Apr 07, 2017
    I was paddled as a child and experienced violent behavior by teachers and adults as a child. Corporal punishment does not solve a problem, it creates a cyclical problem and should be banned in all American schools.
  • Sir Jesse
    Sir Jesse United States, Atlanta
    Apr 04, 2017
    Apr 04, 2017
    I assume thihs e-mail is going to the current president- PLEASE stop the hitting; it is rampant in the South. :(
  • 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!
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