The Answer Sheet: corporal punishment

Posted at 02:00 AM ET, 07/23/2010

Tunisia bans spanking (even by parents)

Talk about government involvement in the home: Tunisia lawmakers have voted to ban spanking of children by anybody, parents included.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:00 AM ET, 07/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Discipline, Discipline | Tags:  ban on spanking, corporal punishment, should kids be spanked?, tunisia bans spanking

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 06/29/2010

Bill to ban corporal punishment in schools introduced in Congress

A bill is introduced in Congress that would ban corporal punishment in most private and public schools across the country. Twenty states now still allow the practice.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:28 PM ET, 06/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bullying, Bullying | Tags:  ban on corporal punishment act, corporal punishment, corporal punishment and ban, corporal punishment in schools, hitting kids in school, mccarthy and corporal punishment

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 05/13/2010

When adults hit kids at school

There is a video making the Internet rounds, shot by a student, of someone identified as a teacher beating up a student. It’s ugly. But let's not forget that in 20 states, adults are allowed to whack kids for disciplinary reasons, and more than 200,000 kids a year are subject to corporal punishment. Congress may take up a bill soon to outlaw the practice.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:38 PM ET, 05/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health | Tags:  corporal punishment, corporal punishment laws, paddling in school, teacher beating kid, video and teacher and hitting, when kids are paddled

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 04/16/2010

The rules of corporal punishment

In the 20 states that still allow kids to be paddled, school districts generally have their own rules for administering corporal punishment, or, in layman’s terms, whacking a kid. Some limit the number of hits, others specify where the kid can be hit (usually on the buttocks but sometimes other places). Here are some of the actual policies.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:52 PM ET, 04/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bullying | Tags:  corporal punishment, paddling, school discipline

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 04/14/2010

Study says spanking can lead to aggressive behavior

A new study finds that children spanked frequently at the age of 3 are more likely to become aggressive when they are 5. It is the latest in a long line of research studies extending back decades showing that corporal punishment should be considered as a significant risk factor that increases the probability of psychological disorders in children as they grow older.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:31 AM ET, 04/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Early Childhood, Early Childhood | Tags:  Tulane study and spanking, aggressive behavior and spanking, corporal punishment, spanking, spanking causing aggression in kids, study and spanking

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 03/05/2010

‘Safe Students Act’ doesn’t keep kids safe: Paddling still allowed

The "Keeping All Students Safe Act" doesn't really keep all students safe. The House of Representatives this week passed a bill that bars schools from using seclusion and restraints on students in most cases. But it doesn't stop many thousands of kids from being paddled--and sometimes hurt--every year.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:18 PM ET, 03/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bullying | Tags:  corporal punishment, keeping kids safe