Use respectful, safe practices when disciplining children at school

Use respectful, safe practices when disciplining children at school

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School corporal punishment is currently LEGAL in 19 states, and over 160,000 children in these states are subject to corporal punishment in schools each year. Schools are supposed to be a safe space for all children. No child should have to endure physical pain and punishment at the hands of their teacher or school administrators. Corporal punishment at school should be removed across the United States. Being a teacher in Texas, where corporal punishment is legal, I believe the first step towards change is to make corporal punishment in school illegal in the state of Texas.

Many studies show that physical punishment — including spanking, hitting and other means of causing pain — can lead to increased aggression, antisocial behavior, physical injury and mental health problems for children. Teachers and school administrators are supposed to love and care for their students, not cause physical and mental pain.

As a teacher myself, I am aware of behavior problems in students. Children should be held accountable for their actions and learn from their mistakes, but what does physical punishment teach them? That it is okay to hit others at school because the teacher does it? That the way to solve a problem is violence? You cannot punish out the behaviors that you do not want. Alan Kazdin, PhD, a Yale University psychology professor and director of the Yale Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic says “There is no need for corporal punishment based on the research. We are not giving up an effective technique. We are saying this is a horrible thing that does not work.” 

Children should be held accountable for their actions and they should be able to learn from their mistakes and try again. Physical punishment may be a quick fix, but it does not teach children why certain choices they make are not okay. It doesn’t teach children how to talk through problems. It doesn’t teach children to treat others the way they want to be treated. It teaches children that physical punishment is a way to fix their problems in the future. It teaches children to communicate and express their feelings using violence instead of words. There are discipline practices that are respectful, safe, and effective that model mutual respect between school employees and students.

Children learn by watching, let’s show them how to treat others by taking out corporal punishment in schools across the United States. 

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