ERIC Number: ED383100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Changing Community Policies: Your Role in Eliminating Corporal Punishment in Schools.
Richardson, Rita C.; Evans, Elizabeth T.
This paper examines the use of corporal punishment in public schools. It presents a brief history of corporal-punishment practices and explains why corporal punishment remains a legal means of control in the schools of 23 states in the United States. Opponents of corporal punishment argue that it should be abolished from schools because it models violence, does not teach appropriate behaviors or problem-solving skills, and is discriminatorily applied to black males in elementary schools and those with learning/mental/behavioral disabilities. Eleven alternatives to corporal punishment are highlighted: nonacknowledgement of disruptive behavior and reinforcement of appropriate behavior, signal interference, proximity control, interest boosting, tension reduction through humor, hurdle helping, program restructuring, the use of routine to provide security, direct appeal, removal of seductive objects, and positive removal of student from the classroom. The paper also presents 14 nonaversive strategies to prevent misbehaviors and promote prosocial skills. It is recommended that teacher-education programs provide behavior-management courses and that parents and teachers investigate nonaversive discipline options. Contains a list of 5 resources and 23 references. (LMI)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, Conflict Resolution, Corporal Punishment, Discipline, Discipline Policy, Discipline Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Competence, Prevention, Problem Solving, Self Control, Social Control, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Coalition to Abolish Corporal Punishment in Schools (Raleigh, NC, October 7-9, 1994).