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ERIC Number: ED421737
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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Sparing the Rod: Schools, Discipline and Children's Rights in Multicultural Britain.
Parker-Jenkins, Marie
How should schools treat unruly children? Answers to this question are offered, with a focus on children's rights and the abolition of corporal punishment in Britain. The case for children's rights in isolation is not promoted, but rather within the context of the rights and the responsibilities of pupils, teachers, and parents. The discussion provides an historical perspective on physical chastisement in the home and at school, an analysis of the impact of the European Court of Human Rights on the abolition of physical punishment in Britain, and a review of alternative sanctions currently being explored. The debates surrounding corporal punishment in schools are considered, particularly the efforts to reintroduce the practice despite the Court's condemnation of the practice. The emphasis throughout is on the dignity and integrity of the person, based on the international dissemination of legal norms that can serve as a mechanism of social control. But with the greater valuing of children, it is suggested that teachers must also be appreciated and should be supported by an effective school-governance system. Curriculums, too, must be revamped so that offerings will engage pupils' interests and strengths. (RJM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)