ERIC Number: ED310522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun-23
A Call for the End of Corporal Punishment in Schools.
Socoski, Patrick M.
The elimination of all forms of corporal punishment in educational settings must occur immediately. Not only does corporal punishment violate key democratic principals, but it also thwarts the increasing professionalization of teaching. In addition, available research findings illustrate that corporal punishment: (1) only temporarily suppresses undesired behavior; (2) is ineffective in promoting new learning; (3) arouses pupil's aggressions; and (4) implies to children that violence is an acceptable way to solve problems. Further, corporal punishment is typically inappropriate for the crime committed and, rather than use it as a last resort, the authoritarian, the inexperienced, and the impulsive teachers who practice corporal punishment, use this form of discipline first. Short and long term solutions to the problem of school discipline include the provision of alternative experiences for bored or otherwise unreceptive students, alternative schools within the public system, and employing adequate numbers of professional specialists. (12 references) (KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Institute for Democracy in Education (Athens, OH, June 22-24, 1989).