Ouch! School Should’t Hurt

Posted on 01 Sep 2009 in Intervention, School Behavior, Special Education, Uncategorized | 2 comments

A new report was just released notes that special education students bear the brunt of corporal punishment at a higher rate then other groups of students. Read the full report at American Civil Liberties Union.

Corporal punishment — ranging from paddling to smacking to throwing children into walls — can worsen these students’ medical conditions and undermine their education. Students with disabilities are entitled to appropriate, inclusive educational programs that give them the opportunity to thrive. No child should be hit, especially the most vulnerable.

Wanna guess which group of students with disabilities probably sees the paddle the most?  My guess (I don’t have the data) is that it’s our kids with behavior disorders and behavior problems.

Solution

What is the solution?

  1. Find out if your school still has corporal punishment on the books. Then do something about it.
  2. Get parents involved. Parents are a great source for getting districts to change policy.
  3. Educate your community about alternative to punishment and negative discipline practices. Learning about Positive Behavior Supports is an excellent first step.

So, does your school still have corporal punishment in the student handbook? What do you think about this practice?

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2 comments

  1. faithful follower / September 1st, 2009 20:40

    Your articles are very informative. How do you find the time to keep everyone updated? Keep up the good work.

    • mrchuckchuck / September 2nd, 2009 9:25

      Glad to hear that you like the info, thanks for commenting. I’m attracted to info related to behavior and like to share solutions when possible. I think that’s the nature of being a teacher!