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Speak out!

It is time for concerned faculty within the public school systems to speak up for the rights of their students. I did so as a teacher’s assistant and, yes, I was black-balled; however, I feel better about not sitting back and turning a blind eye to glaring inequalities. Children do not deserve to be hit any more than adults deserve such action, which, as we all know, should be considered assault. Quit biting your tongues and expose your district’s barbaric practices. Children are not chattel.

Laurin McCarley

Clover, SC

Apr 20 2014 - 8:53am

Breaking the paddle

Black children in thirty-one states are no long paddled in schools disproportionately. They were paddled in much larger numbers in those states before it was banned. It is time to ban it in all of the states. Prominent national black leaders have signed a proclamation calling for an immediate ban on paddling’s use in public schools. See the proclamation and signatories on the website for the Center for Effective Discipline. The question of this inequity, some of its history and how the it is changing is discussed in my new book, Breaking the Paddle: Ending School Corporal Punishment. States that have banned corporal punishment usually have higher academic outcomes, less school violence and fewer behavior problems. More than 100 countries have agreed and ban the barbaric practice.

Nadine Block

Columbus OH

Apr 14 2014 - 1:12pm