Punishment Essay

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CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLS According to U.S. Department of Education statistics, during the 1999-2000 school year, 342,048 children, or almost one percent of the total public school population, were hit as a form of disciplinary action at school.1 The United States is one of only three industrialized nations that still permit the use of corporal punishment in its public schools. Schools are the only American institution Where this practice is allowed. It has been banned in our correctional institutions, military settings and psychiatric facilities. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has called for an end to corporal punishment worldwide.2 More than 40 national organizations are in favor of banning corporal punishment in the United States including the American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Bar Association, The American Medical Association, The American Psychiatric Association, The American Psychological Association, The National Association of State Boards of Education, and the National Education Association. The national trend is to move away from the use of corporal punishment in schools. Currently, Missouri is one of 22 states in the United States that still allow the use of corporal punishment in their schools. 3 policy brief The Use of Corporal Punishment in Missouri • In the 1999-2000 school year, 9,223 public school students in Missouri were reported as having been hit for disciplinary purposes by teachers or administrators. This figure represented 1% of Missouri’s students.1 • Missouri was ranked the tenth worst state in percent of students hit that year.4 • All other state supported institutions in Missouri that are involved in the care or custody of minors have banned the use of corporal punishment. The use of corporal punishment in schools represents a conflict in policies between the Department of Education and

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