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Post time 2008-8-21 14:50:16 |Display all floors
Corporal punishment seen rife in US schools
Updated: 2008-08-21 07:56

DALLAS  - More than 200,000 children were hit as punishment in US schools last year and in the South more blacks than whites are struck, two human rights groups said in a report released on Wednesday.

Texas accounted for a quarter of the instances of corporal punishment in the 2006-2007 school year, according to the study compiled by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union.

The report, titled "A Violent Education: Corporal Punishment of Children in US Public Schools," plays into a debate in America about the effectiveness of corporal punishment and its role in the classroom and home.

Twenty-one US states still permit the use of corporal punishment in schools. In Texas and Mississippi children as young as 3 are struck for transgressions as minor as gum chewing, the report says.

The punishment often involves hitting a child on the buttocks with a long wooden board, or paddle.

In 13 states in the US South where corporal punishment is the most prevalent, African-American girls are twice as likely to be hit as their white counterparts, according to the 125-page report.

"African-American students are punished at 1.4 times the rate that would be expected given their numbers in the student population," the groups said in a statement.

Citing US Department of Education data, the report said 223,190 students nationwide received corporal punishment at least once in the 2006-2007 school year. This included 49,197 students in Texas, the largest number of any state.

Minority students already face several barriers to success, said Alice Farmer, the report's author.

"By exposing these children to disproportionate rates of corporal punishment, schools create a hostile environment in which these students may struggle even more," Farmer said.

Some US conservatives view moves to ban corporal punishment in school and spanking at home as "liberal permissiveness" which can lead to bad behavior and wider social problems such as juvenile delinquency.

Many liberal groups regard corporal punishment as a barbaric relic of an unenlightened past that harms self-esteem and promotes violence.

"Every public school needs effective methods of discipline but beating kids teaches violence and it doesn't stop bad behavior," Farmer said.

The report documented several cases in which children were seriously injured and said students with physical and mental disabilities were subjected to disproportionate rates of physical punishment.

The report includes witness accounts including one from the mother of a 3-year-old in Texas who was bruised after being struck at school.

"What made me so angry: he's 3 years old, he was petrified. He didn't want to go back to school and he didn't want to start his new school," the mother, referred to as Rose T, was quoted as saying.

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Reply #2 iamnaive's post

This is China, whaddaya expect....screw CD mods, the lot of 'em suck and should be fired for promoting anti-Westernism and nationalism,, none of which go for the goal of the media....which is/are, information.....screw you CD, c'mon, ban me, tosser, I know where you are, and I will come say "hello".....not a threat......just a casual and informational reminder that you "ain't all that".....tosser!

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Post time 2008-8-22 15:48:39 |Display all floors
I can tell you having gone to a school like that. Most kids would rather get the paddle than have to stay at school for two hours after class.

I honestly think Human rights groups just look for things to bitch about and ignore the rest.

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Post time 2008-8-22 18:14:27 |Display all floors
Originally posted by zhoupu at 2008-8-21 14:50
Corporal punishment seen rife in US schools

Once again we see the vile evil racists at work!
When will black people be truly free in racist America?

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Reply #5 mandingo's post

Screw you, hypocrite!  As if Chinese people really care about blacks.  Most of you are scared to death of them.
Individuality: Always Remember That You Are Unique.  Just Like Everybody Else.

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