Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Corporal Punishment Does Not Belong in Our Profession by Dr. Michael Flanagan Badass Teachers Association:

Badass Teachers Association: Corporal Punishment Does Not Belong in Our Profession by Dr. Michael Flanagan:

Corporal Punishment Does Not Belong in Our Profession 

by Dr. Michael Flanagan


Last year a video of a five-year-old boy being paddled by Georgia school administrators went viral, renewing the debate about corporal punishment. Corporal punishment is defined as “any time physical punishment is intended to cause pain or discomfort”. Watch this video of this child, pleading not to be spanked because he had missed too many days of school, while his mother is forced to watch and threatened with arrest if she intercedes. Beside the revulsion most of us feel witnessing the actual act of paddling, we also know that this action will only result in that child hating school, probably forever.

Yet, there are those who still adhere to the old adage “spare the rod, spoil the child”, believing that corporal punishment is an important means for maintaining a positive school tone.They not only practice it, but still cling to it as a viable means of discipline. Students learn best from respect and encouragement, not fear and pain. Corporal punishment has no place in our profession. When an educator is in a position of power over children, our greatest tool is compassion.



Georgia principal paddles 5 year old

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