Legal and Ethical Implications of Classroom Management

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Legal and Ethical Implications for Classroom Management Legal and Ethical Implications for Classroom Management Grand Canyon University EDU520N 1/20/10 Legal and Ethical Implications for Classroom Management In this paper I will be discussing several articles relative to the legal and ethical implications of classroom management. I will summarize each article as it relates to the rights and responsibilities of students, teachers and parents. I will also discuss the repercussions classroom management has on children with exceptional needs. I will conclude with how these findings effect my own personal classroom management beliefs. The first article I will summarize is Corporal Punishment and Its Implications for Exceptional Children. This article begins by discussing the 1977 corporal punishment case of Ingraham vs. Wright. It examines the legal basis behind corporal punishment and the rationale that support or oppose its use. This article emphasizes the results corporal punishment has on children with exceptional needs and how it affects their behavior and learning. The author’s main view is that corporal punishment not be used on children with exceptional needs until further studies have been done on the subject. Corporal punishment is the deliberate infliction of pain as retribution for an offence, or for the purpose of disciplining or reforming a wrongdoer, or to deter attitudes or behavior deemed unacceptable. Corporal punishment is legal in over 20 states in the United States but it is banned in several other countries. Youngblood (1973) noted that Skinner indicted corporal punishment as a causative agent in attacks on teachers, school dropout ratios, acts of vandalism against schools, and refusal of the victims of punishment to support educational programs upon reaching voting age. By definition, exceptional children deviate from
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