ERIC Number: ED351408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
African-American Males: Endangered Species and the Most Paddled.
Richardson, Rita C.; Evans, Elizabeth T.
This paper reviews studies on the use of corporal punishment in the nation, particularly in Louisiana public schools, and the impact of corporal punishment on black male students. The paper reviews the recent polls and studies on attitudes toward corporal punishment, noting that approval rates for use of paddling are significantly higher in southern states and that in recent years the Federal Government has appeared to favor corporal punishment. Also discussed are statistics and other information on the current status of the black male child in crisis and at high risk of failure, including the fact that six percent of black male students receive corporal punishment in schools compared to three percent of whites. A review of the relation between corporal punishment and culture finds that among black parents, regardless of education or income, 67 percent said that they would use spanking or a belt on a child. Only 20 percent of whites would use similar methods. A look at Louisiana focuses on state statutes and court cases, as well as studies of attitudes statewide toward the use of corporal punishment. Included is a poem, "I'm Endangered So They Say" (R. C. Richardson), and 32 references. (JB)
Descriptors: Black Population Trends, Black Students, Corporal Punishment, Cultural Influences, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Discrimination, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Males, Parent Attitudes, Public Schools, Regional Attitudes, Regional Characteristics, School Policy, State Legislation, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: African Americans; Louisiana
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Association of Multicultural Education (Baton Rouge, LA, June 12, 1992).