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ERIC Number: ED072870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Sep-8
Pages: 11
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Disciplinary Practices in Dallas Contrasted with School Systems with Rules Against Violence Against Children.
Hagebak, Robert
Corporal punishment and its implications are discussed in this speech in Dallas, where corporal punishment is officially sanctioned as a method of school discipline, and in many other parts of the country, the prevailing opinion is that corporal punishment is necessary, effective and harmless. But the effectiveness of such punishment is dubious and the potential psychological harm is incalculable. Physical abuse is considered by many to be an acceptable form of school discipline because it is an accepted child-rearing practice. Teachers and parents are reluctant to change this behavior because violence is condoned and rewarded by this society, it is felt, and people are frequently tempted to respond to conflict and frustration with physical force. School policy that condones the bully tactics of corporal punishment is in effect teaching students by example that this is an acceptable way of handling problems. Through corporal punishment parents and teachers relieve their own frustrations and avoid effort to understand the reasons for the child's misbehavior. Corporal punishment is frequently used for transgression of arbitrary, meaningless rules. Teachers using corporal punishment should examine their motives and consider what sort of model they should be providing students. Corporal punishment undermines a child's self-respect and respect for others. A resolution passed at the National Conference on Corporal Punishment recommends abolishing this sort of punishment. (KM)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (80th, Honolulu, Hawaii, September 8, 1972)