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Today's Lesson In School Discipline: You Shouldn’t Beat Up Your Peers. It’s Okay For Adults To Beat On You

Melinda Anderson

Education Week explored how states are wrestling with the practice of corporal punishment. Hard to believe in 2013 this is still allowed. We know there are more and better interventions than hitting when students misbehave. It is hard to fathom why a civilized society would ever consider this acceptable. You cannot earn the respect of students by beating them. Fear is not the same thing as respect. No if's, and's or but's.

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  • Melinda AndersonMelinda Anderson

    There's no significant (or even trivial) research that proves physical punishment is effective for school discipline. Yet this practice continues. It is counter intuitive to think imposing physical (and emotional) harm teaches kids not to be misbehave. Had a little fun with headline but it underscores that point. Shameful.

  • Liz DwyerLiz Dwyer

    Exactly, Melinda. I've never understood how beating a child is supposed to facilitated academic achievement. Not to mention, if it's not appropriate to beat an adult when they misbehave (or, as is too often the case, are wrongfully accused of misbehaving) we should not be beating our children.