ERIC Number: ED111102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
To Punish or Not to Punish: The Administrator's Dilemma.
Wattenberg, William W.
A discussion of the political aspects of administrative decision-making concerns the sanctioning or prohibiting of corporal punishment in schools in general and the action taken when teachers who use corporal punishment come under attack. The data, derived from the author's participant observation in the Detroit Public Schools, indicate that (1) corporal punishment has been an accepted and practiced control mechanism in many schools; (2) most large school systems have a machinery for protecting teachers who may be jeopardized because they have administered physical punishment; and (3) parents filing civil suits have found that both teachers and administrators have liability insurance and are represented in court by attorneys for their professional organizations. Where corporal punishment is sanctioned, educators are shielded effectively even when overzealous, ill-advised, or sadistic. The removal of that shield, the primary target in any political effort to bar corporal punishment, is the concern of the remainder of the paper. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (60th, Washington, D. C., March 30-April 3, 1975)