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Someone asked me if there was any possible way for me to switch my view
concerning corporal punishment. I answered with a, “sure,” but it would
take so much to do so. The answer is a very compelling argument from the
pro beating’s side. Unfortunately, when I talk to proponents of corporal
punishment, I typically get the response, “God mandates it,” or “I got it
when I was young and I turn out okay.” I hope everyone sees the intellectual bankruptcy of such responses. However, when I talk to opponents of corporal punishment, they are quick to point out developmental studies that point to its harmfulness. Once science starts holding corporal punishment in high regard, I may consider it, but I’m fine where I am for now.


Back in the 18th and 19th century, William Wilberforce, was the driving
force to end slavery in England. He fought long, and he fought hard to end
the slave trade. Guided by God’s grace, he eventually succeeded, but he
experienced times of great discouragement. The McCarthy bill seems to have
sagged in the legislative process. Hang in there. Don’t give up.

Wilberforce was so despondent over the lack of concern for outlawing
slavery. He got deeply depressed. He was sitting on the edge of his bed
one night, and he picked up his Bible, looking for a few comforting words.

A note fell out of his Bible. It was from his friend John Wesley who had
died a few years earlier. The words of Wesley were great words of

“Unless the divine power has raised you up… I see not how you can go
through your glorious enterprise in opposing that (abominable practice of
slavery), which is the scandal of religion, of England, and of human
nature. Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn
out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be
against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? Oh, be not weary
of well-doing. Go on in the name of God, and in the power of His might.”

Take Wesley’s words at heart. Change the words “abominable practice of
slavery” and fill in the blank—“abominable practice of school corporal

In our battles to ban this barbaric and, at times, (sick attitude) don’t
worry if you run across people who in the name of God want to keep
school corporal punishment legal. There were people who in the name of God wanted to keep slavery legal, and there were Christian groups who claimed to
believe every part of the Bible who vigorously opposed giving equal rights
to African American people and other people of color.

I didn’t think a bill outlawing corporal punishment in schools nationwide would pass at this time in our nation’s history, but I think eventually one will. So, don’t back down a minute. Keep exposing teachers who paddle. We have many things going our way–seventy per cent of the American population opposes corporal punishment in schools, celebrities like Oprah and Dr. Phil want to see corporal punishment in schools end, and the mainstream press by in large is on our side. We have to work harder to get them involved more.

For the most part the entertainment industry will side with us. Again, we
have to work harder to get well known people to speak out against this
issue. The American Bar Association, the American Medical Association, and
the American Psychological Association, just to name a few, have all
called for an end to school corporal punishment.


Renee, I felt like I had to respond to something you said last week
because you brought up a good point. Just for the record, here’s what you
MEMO TO JESTIN: Don’t like my idea to make it a Federal Felony to
KNOWINGLY  filing false charges against educators for the purpose of an
anti c.p. crusade or $$$ gain? Jestin: Please hear me (Renee) out on this
-For the sake of your own future career in the legal profession.
Attorneys, by law AND professional ethics, cannot KNOWINGLY take part in
the filing of false charges or suborning perjury ANYWHERE in the U.S.! So,
rethink your position on this issue. And as for ALL legitimate complaints
and/or charges: In no way does my “idea” criminalize that although I DO
support “teacher shield laws”. It just isn’t right that a teacher, who
follows all policies as to school c.p., should fear imprisonment or losing
their home because of a few moderate paddle swats given by them to a

Also, we saw your rankings as to graduation rates and “paddling” states.
We weren’t surprised at all. But you have two problems:
1) The rankings do NOT show any correlation or cause/effect between the
use of school c.p. and graduation rates. My Research Methodology graduate
class would have given me a D-  if I had used circumstantial evidence like
you proposed. Show us CAUSE AND EFFECT.
2) Your ranking data presents the anti- c.p. movement with a problem:
EIGHT of the bottom 20 states in graduation rates are NON-PADDLING states!
Suggestion: Find another “angle” to use in arguing against school c.p.
-The graduation rate “angle” has serious flaws.
BTW, a newspaper article this past week said that the 2009-2010 Georgia
high school graduation rate was 80.8 %. So tell us how California did.
Inquiring minds want to know!

I will respond to the top part of your comment first because I feel like
that needs a longer response. Currently, we have laws to take care of such
cases you are referring to. Look up the terms, “Abuse of Process” and
“Malicious Prosecution.” As far as I’m concern, there is no need for such
law and if their were a need, why only put educators in this special
category? Why make a special law just for them? If this idea will work,
why not allow this law to apply to everybody? For example, how about if an
educator repeatedly reports to child protective services that a certain
child is being abused at home? I don’t know about you, but where I’m from,
people who report are immune from any legal liability because such reports
are taken in good faith. How about if the motive of such an educator is to
get back at the parent for not paying a bet or not doing a favor for this
educator. would this law apply? As for following district guidelines, this
is such a vague statement. For example following school policy can equal
Once again, why not allow this immunity law to apply to everyone. For
example, if a lawyer wanted to spank her non-adult employee
As you stated, adults and children are not equal, thus do not deserve the
full protection of the United States Constitution.

Here’s a good experiment to demonstrate the fact we’ve been saying
concerning school corporal punishment as a free pass to child abuse. Show
the picture in the above link and say the following:
“In 20 states, educators are allowed to beat children with wooden boards,
more times than not, producing injuries like this. With a, “Yes,” or “No,”
response, if I left the same injuries you see in this picture on my own
child, what do you think would happen to me?”
Why should educators be given special treatment than home abusers. Jeff
Charles makes a good point when he said, “It is said the “communities
support paddling,” yet clearly the lawmakers in these regions know a jury
of the parent’s local peers would indeed find fault in many paddling cases
— if they were allowed to hear them — so they felt compelled to pass
laws that indemnify child abuse whenever it occurs in schools. If we are
going that route, why not legalize child abuse for parents too? Why not
eliminate all DSS and child protection laws in all venues, not just
schools? Even if you think hired staff hitting the buttocks of other
people’s kids and even young adults with a wood board is a great thing,
“if done non abusively,” why should school child abusers have special
privileges that similar home child abusers would be prosecuted for?”
The release of the case in Jackson, Ms. and a case in Alabama should
stir up the debate of corporal punishment in schools. Unfortunately, in
both cases, teacher immunity laws will protect both child abusers from
being prosecuted. Both can just get off scot free, get a warning, docked
pay, or at worse, look for another job. The Alabama case can be viewed
This is the clear cut danger of immunity laws. The parent is left with no
recourse and teachers and administrators who want to employ power trips or
indulge their perverted desires of hidden spanking and sadistic fetishes
have free reign to do so. You haven’t addressed such educators or allowed
concerned parents to voice their concern. As to your claim concerning
graduation rates, you brought up a good point. You’re right, there is no
direct correlation between the two, but there is an indirect correlation.
If school corporal punishment is so good for children, schools which use
this form of, loving discipline” often would be clustered towards to top.
Unfortunately, the highest state that uses corporal punishment more than
1,000 times is Missouri. Schools towards the top either have banned
corporal punishment all together or have numbers that demonstrate little
to no corporal punishment activity. On the contrary, when this form of
punishment is administrated and administrated often, such states are
clumped towards to bottom. That’s a huge telling when a form of punishment
is suppose to set children on the, “straight and narrow,” but, in reality,
it causes children to be put behind. As for your claim concerning
Georgia’s graduation rate, I would advise reading this article that calls
out Georgia’s dishonest formula in reporting graduation rates.
My suggestion, before stating stats, look up whether such facts are honest
or not. For argument sake, let’s throw out the graduation rate angle into the wash as being inconclusive, you still are in a deep hole because you have to
still answer the question: What about the studies that all point to such harmful side effects of corporal punishment. This includes increase aggressive behavior, perpetuating the cycle of abuse down the line with future lovers or family members, or even risky sex and spanking fetishes. Not only this, but you can not even answer why not only a handful, but  an overwhelming majority of the developmental science community disagree with your views. You have also failed to answer the question where do most teachers who paddle learn spanking techniques and how is anyone assessed or certified if the educator in question is physically, mentally, and/or emotionally able to execute such punishment without leaving long lasting harmful side effects on the student? This is a small list, but it is no where near to completion.


You four bring up 3 very good points for the, “Antis,” that I feel need a
response. Just for the record, what you said is below:
Parental Opt-Outs: We at TWP realize that if parents can just “opt” their
kids out of school c.p., then the anti- c.p. movement may as well put up a
“GOING OUT OF BUSINESS” banner because anti- c.p. parents won’t need
P.T.A.V.E., THEHITTINGSTOPSHERE, etc. Face facts: There is not going to be
a national c.p. ban and the 20 legal school c.p. states are very unlikely
to pass state c.p. bans. (With most of these 20 states, it is more likely
San Francisco Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi will succeed U.S. President
Barack Obama as the next president first. In fact, it would not surprise
TWP if in the next 10 to 20 years, some heartland states such as Montana,
North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska replace their state bans with laws
allowing locally elected school boards to implement school c.p. policies.
Just remember: The tides of change do NOT always go in one direction.
If only this where true, for your information, look at the story that just
came out of Alabama and you will find no such opt out form exists. Even if
this were true, it is still not a good idea. Reason why?  It is not like
the wishes of parents are honored anyway when parents say, “No,” to
paddling. For proof, please view:
This perfectly ties into the immunity issue I was talking about.
Finally, this excerpt comes from a report, “A Violent Education,” by Human
Rights Watch. It states:
In many school districts, parents are given ways to opt out of the use of
corporal punishment on their children,[401] but those mechanisms are hard
to access and difficult to enforce. In some cases, parents’ preferences
are ignored and the student is beaten anyway; the parents may then be
without redress. Even if the child is not beaten, he or she is still aware
of the violence meted out against his or her peers.
Parents say they choose to opt out for fear that corporal punishment will
injure their children or because they do not “think anybody should be
hitting anybody else’s children. There are too many variables. You don’t
know their intent, their temperament.”[402] Parents mistrusted the ability
of teachers and administrators to regulate their decisions to resort to
corporal punishment or to moderate the levels of violence used. One former
Mississippi teacher explained, “There were a couple of parents that didn’t
want their kids to get corporal punishment; it wasn’t that they were
against corporal punishment but that they were distrustful of how the
school was using it.”[403]
Methods of Opting Out of Corporal Punishment
If a school district has a policy for opting out-and not all school
districts do-the policy usually falls into one of three categories. First,
in some districts, all parents must sign a “yes or no” form, specifying
whether or not their child can receive corporal punishment. If the form is
not returned, corporal punishment is typically not administered. One
superintendent in a small Mississippi district noted that in this
situation, the principals usually would speak with the parent before
administering corporal punishment.[404]
The second way of expressing preference starts from an assumption that all
students will receive corporal punishment. Those who do not want their
child to be punished “opt out” by submitting a form to the school or by
writing a letter. In the Midland Independent School District in west Texas,
for instance, the policy specifies that “corporal punishment shall not
be used in instances where the student’s parent or guardian has filed a
written statement with the school principal indicating that the parent
does not approve of corporal punishment. These written statements should
be in the form of a letter, mailed or delivered to the school principal,
and submitted annually.”[405] In very limited cases, parents may express
their preferences orally. A former Mississippi elementary school teacher
explained that on the first day of school, the parents could tell the
teacher if they did not want their children to be hit: “Not a lot [of
parents] would come and articulate that, but some.”[406]
Third, in Texas in particular, some districts have policies under which
parents are called after the infraction but before corporal punishment is
administered. In the Tyler Independent School District in Texas, for
instance, “a parent or legal guardian of the student must be contacted and
approve of the use of corporal punishment prior to each
administration.”[407] One recent graduate noted that at her high school,
“parents could choose-they’d have the principal call your house and decide
on swats.”[408] We spoke with only one interviewee in Mississippi who
reported a scheme in which parents could elect to be called before
punishment was administered.[409]
Some school districts do not provide any mention of opt-out methods or
parental notification in their official policies or student handbooks. For
example, among districts we investigated, Texas school districts
Rosebud-Lott, Quinlan, Marshall, and Paris contain no description of
opt-out policies.[410] Likewise, the policies of Pearl Public School
District in Mississippi do not give information on opting out.[411]
Parental Struggles to Opt Out
Some parents feel the opt-out methods are underpublicized and difficult to
comply with. One Texas mother told us that she “turned [an opt-out form]
in this year, but not last year because I wasn’t aware of it and it’s kind
of hidden.”[412] A former teacher in rural Mississippi was not surprised
that parents lacked information on how to opt out: “Parents had a page the
student would take home. If the student didn’t bring it back, then they
didn’t opt out. I don’t know if the students ever showed their parents or
not.”[413] A Texas parent whose middle school son had been beaten felt the
burden on parents was unnecessarily high: “Only if you read the handbook
do you find out that the school administers corporal punishment, and then
you have to re-write a letter each year and say that you are opposed to
it.”[414] A former administrator in Meridian, Mississippi, reported to
Human Rights Watch that parents felt coerced into signing forms
authorizing paddling because, if they did not, their children were more
likely to be threatened with expulsion should disciplinary problems
In addition, parents of special education students have had to fight
repeatedly to opt out of corporal punishment for their children. Each
special education student has a yearly Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
that is devised by the parents, teachers, and administrators; this IEP
includes a discipline plan. Parents in Mississippi described problems
having corporal punishment expressly prohibited in the IEP. Beverly
Shields, a northeast Mississippi mother of an autistic boy who is now 16,
stated that she had to “forcibly have this [a ban on corporal punishment]
put in his IEP, because corporal punishment to an autistic person is just
not acceptable in any fashion. He wouldn’t know why they were doing
it.”[416] Her older boys had been paddled in a different Mississippi
school district in violation of her opt-out forms:
I knew from my experiences that the teachers weren’t going to look at the
card [indicating opt-out]. The principal was saying we won’t spank him [my
autistic son]. But I needed something in a permanent fashion, that no
corporal punishment will be administered and that you will use positive
reinforcement. The school tries to make you give up.[417]
She noted that another advantage of fighting to get a ban on corporal
punishment placed in the IEP is that, unlike with the opt-out forms in her
district, the ban does not have to be renewed every year.[418]
Johnny McPhail, the father of the autistic girl in north Mississippi, also
had difficulties securing appropriate discipline for his daughter. At an
IEP meeting during his daughter’s second-grade year, the school sought
permission to paddle her. “They wanted to paddle her because she was
having tantrums in class. They were from the ‘old school,’ [meaning] ‘if
you cry, they’ll whip your butt.'”[419] McPhail felt strongly that the
school board, the officials in charge of writing the school discipline
policy in his district, knew nothing about behavioral issues for students
with disabilities.[420]
Parental Preferences against Corporal Punishment Ignored
Several parents reported to Human Rights Watch that their expressed
preferences were ignored, and that their children were paddled in
violation of written or verbal opt outs. For instance, Janet Y., a mother
in rural Mississippi, filed opt-out forms every year subsequent to the
sixth grade, when her daughter was paddled and bruised. Janet renewed the
no-paddle request in twelfth grade, but her daughter was subsequently
paddled, by the same perpetrator, for “disrespect.”[421] The girl was once
again seriously bruised, and was taken to receive medical care.[422]
A seventh-grade boy in rural west Texas was paddled even though his mother
had followed school procedure by submitting a letter stating her
opposition to paddling at the beginning of the school year. She commented,
“I made it a point to do this each year, and they didn’t even check the
files. They automatically smacked him without checking the files.”[423] A
10-year-old boy with diagnosed ADHD in rural east Texas received two blows
for “horse-playing” in September 2007. His mother maintains that she had
two in-person conversations with his principal in the weeks prior to her
son’s paddling, expressing her opposition to corporal punishment.[424]
One former elementary school teacher in rural Mississippi noted that
students were discouraged from enforcing their parents’ preferences:
Even if a student is opted out, students don’t have a voice … they’re told
their job is to listen and be obedient…. Students are powerless,
One high school girl in Mississippi tried to assert her right not to be
paddled when her principal was swinging his paddle to threaten her: “I
told him that my mom opted out, and he said I was trying to be smart-ass.
He said, ‘I see you standing on your soapbox this morning, bitch.'”[426]
Even students whose parents’ no-paddle preferences were honored find
themselves in a coercive environment. A sixth-grade boy on the opt-out
list “came home crying … basically scared to death” after his principal
threatened the school with paddling during an assembly.[427] A mother of a
nine-year-old and a 12-year-old noted that “I always say ‘no’ on the forms
… but it’s always there in the school, and even in the classrooms.”[428]
It is a recognized principle of human rights that children, by reason of
their physical and mental immaturity, are exceptionally vulnerable and
therefore in need of special safeguards and legal protections.[429]
Likewise, parents have a duty to facilitate their children’s exercise of
their fundamental rights.[430] The parents discussed above were explicitly
trying to ensure their children’s rights were respected. When schools
paddle a student in violation of parental preferences, they not only
impinge on the child’s fundamental rights, they directly contradict
parents’ attempts to protect the best interest of their own children to be
free from humiliating and degrading treatment.

On the same note, why is it still not a good idea? The government, at
times, needs to intervene for the benefit of the child. Here’s something
to ponder, why is it prohibited by law that all persons who want to
purchase alcohol must be 21? This is the age set by the federal
government. Those who violate this provision lose funding for highways and
roads. Can’t the government let the parents and local elected city council
members make the decision whether to have a younger drinking age or not?
For example in the 1970s, you can buy alcohol in the state of Florida if
you were 18. Fun fact, South Dakota didn’t want to adhere to the new
federal guidelines and challenged it in court on the grounds that it was a
violation of state’s rights. The case went all the way to the United
States Supreme Court and, oddly enough, they lost. Would this be okay with
everyone? I am a mind reader and predicted what  everyone is saying, “But
we know the harm of having a younger drinking age.” That’s true, but we
also know the harm of corporal punishment on children. I find it odd
though that when something like the drinking age is being discussed, most
people are scientifically literate. “We need to keep the drinking age where
it is because it prevents traffic related deaths and scientific studies
show this.” However, when the topic switches to corporal punishment,
everyone goes deaf and blind to the evidence. This is done while
responding, “It’s mandated by God,” “If it’s good enough for grandpa, it
must be good enough for me,” or my favorite, “I was paddled in school and
I turned out okay, therefore, it must be okay.”
Finally, the bill is moving its way through the congress and going through
the motions. I’m still very optimistic that the bill will go through. When
intellectually honest and intelligent human beings view the evidence, they
will make the right decision for the benefit of the children in their
care. Finally, I don’t see other states with the desire to bring back
corporal punishment. And even if such bills are introduced, they are
deemed to fail, according to recent history.

Stop the Name Calling: You antis know what TWP is referring to. Names like
porn stars, prostitutes, child molesters or abusers, terrorists and
bullies only marginalizes YOU -Not us. And in light of those names, please
don’t whine about our tags “antis” and “zealots”. Doing so make YOU look
childish. So drop the vicious name calling and you at least will be taken
seriously -Because right now, you’re not.
You bring up a good point. We’ll drop the name calling, on the condition
you do the same. Besides, there is more in our favor anyways. We have
mountains of evidence and what do you have in your favor?

Give Specific Alternatives: Its past time to put up or shut up. We at TWP
have NEVER received any input from the antis as to what their alternative
is. We have only received psychological theories which we have know about
since college but nothing based on real life. “Talking to” is not a
consequence for bullying and out of school suspension is not a “cure all”
Gees and I wonder how beating children is based on real life? The reason
is because such behavior is unacceptable in the real world. For example,
it’s not allowed in the work place:
How about when they go to college:
Editors note: The incident took place at Cal State, Fullerton at the
Political science department. It’s probably something I’m most ashamed
Second, it seems as though Teachers who paddle is being dishonest again by
drawing up a false dilemma between, just talking to a bully and suspending
them. It’s kind of like the false dilemma most proponents of paddling draw
up between being permissive and punitive, I.E beating children suspending
them, etc. This ties in to my final point. I have presented many other
alternatives and your choice not to use them or your ignorance of them
doesn’t make them disappear.


The recent election had nothing to do with School Corporal Punishment. It
boiled down to one thing, like it always does–the economy. If the
Republicans can’t fix the economy, and it gets worse, the democrats will
be back in power.

The congress swung back to the right. Teachers who paddle were jumping up
and down with joy. They think this congress will not try to put a
nationwide ban on corporal punishment in the nation. They had better be
careful. Having lived in Iowa for the last ten years, school corporal
punishment, has been outlawed about twenty years.  Along with Minnesota
and Wisconsin, they rated as having the best schools in America. The law
banning corporal punishment was signed into law by a Republican governor.
When republicans took control of the Iowan congress a few years later, a
bill to overturn the ban was rejected.

Teachers who paddle were happy over the election. High fiving each other like a football player after he scores a touchdown. You as a parent do you “high five” your spouse after you spank your child. These women are overjoyed and excited to paddle a child. They have no concern for children they paddle. I would love to have their reaction to the election and the words they said to each other on camera to show to the world. Teachers who paddle are brutal women. They want to hurt your child.

Thank you for your words of advice and yes you nailed it on the head why I
want to go to school in the deep south. I was meaning to state this in our
last post, but I some how left it out.


Jestin will do fine at the University of Alabama Law School. The school is
in no way a catalyst for school corporal punishment. He will befriend many
Alabamians and many will befriend him.



“Ending Corporal Punishment In Schools Act,” HR 5628: The URGENCY of
passing this bill in 2010
HR 5628 is to American school children what the 13th amendment
(prohibition of slavery) was to American slaves.

The response of US governing leaders to beatings and other forms of abuse
targeted at American slaves during that era is consistent with the
response of today’s leaders regarding US school beatings and other forms
of “school corporal punishment” targeted primarily at disadvantaged and
special needs children. The PROBLEM also remains the same: failure of the
US Government to extend JUDICIAL RELIEF to victims of “sanctioned” and
“lawless” “institutionalized” assault and battery in American schools.

Other similarities:

The belief that slavery was “good” and necessary was supported during that
era by US governing officials, just as school beatings are supported by
them today. Though “thought to be good” the white “well-to-do” population
in the US was spared from the brutal treatment of slavery just as this
same US population is spared from receiving US school beatings today.

The 13th amendment became “politically” necessary to end the “peculiar
institution” of slavery, terminating the right of a “prestigious” US
citizen to beat one formerly considered chattel, just as HR 5628 will end
this hubris practice in US schools today (see “Domination lust” on our
Message Board).

Important facts:

Former New Jersey Governor Marcus L. Ward, serving 1866-1869, was the main
governing official to secure passage of the 13th amendment. Gov. Ward
ended “school corporal punishment” in New Jersey in 1867 making this state
the first to ban this practice. Why? Because he labeled the “paddle” a
“slave-tool” and did not want to be a hypocrite by leaving it in the
schools over which he governed.

States where school beatings are sanctioned, such as Georgia, Mississippi
and Texas, are among the lowest scoring states in education. States where
school beatings are prohibited such as Iowa (no. 1 in the country), North
Dakota and Nebraska are among the top ten scoring states in the country.

Bangladesh, Tunisia and Somalia banned school beatings in July 2010,
leaving the USA as the only democratic industrialized nation where school
beatings remain sanctioned.

100% of the Republican Education Committee members have failed to become
signatories of HR 5628.

Of the 195 countries that are members of the United Nations, the USA is
the only one continuing to resist ratifying a treaty intended to provide
international “protective laws” for children entitled, “The Convention For
the Rights of a Child.” According to recent reports, Republicans, the
party now “ruling” in the House of Congress, have displayed, for the most
part, strong opposition for this treaty in the same way they have resisted
supporting HR 5628.

Additionally, more than 140 Republicans and 2 Democrats support a petition
for adding a new amendment to the US Constitution, introduced by US
Intelligence Committee member Rep. Hoekstra (R) assisted by a Rev. Michael
Farris, that will decrease the rights of a child when they are “corporally
punished” at home by parents, a practice proven by volumes of conclusive
scientific-evidence to be harmful to a developing human being in every way
(see: “Parental Rights Resolution: A potential amendment intended for the
harm of American children” on our MESSAGE BOARD).

Avoidance by US governing officials of signing specific laws for
protecting US children at school and home is occurring at the very same
time that these officials claim to be “working to end the problem of
‘school-bullying’ in America.” At the “top” of US “school-bullying” are
tax-paid American educators who set the example of this ill-behavior every
20 sec. behind closed doors in US schools (see the Huffington report,
April 2010 at:

Of the 1.5M reported school beatings occurring each year in US schools
(reporting is not mandatory), more than 85% are disadvantaged children.
Nearly 20% of this staggering number are children having special needs,
particularly autism (view NY Rep. Carolyn McCarthy’s Congressional
Hearings delivered April 15, 2010, linked to the Home page of

If HR 5628 fails to become a law by the end of 2010, schools where
“violence” and “shame” are common “tools” for “correcting” deemed
misbehaviors, US schools will likely become increasingly more dangerous
places for leaving any child behind in America.

Will you help?

Learn more and find out how to help by:

READING the following messages on our website MESSAGE BOARD entitled:

How To Support Having Bill No. HR 5628 Become A Law (to be updated by Mon
Nov 8)

Be informed! What US School Children Need Responsible Americans To Know

Who Desires Harm To American School Children?

LISTENING to our America Speaks Radio Shows at:, entitled:

“HR 5628: What Passing or Failing Will Mean To America”

VIEWING our YouTube videos at:


Last week the United States Department of Education issued a “Dear
Colleague” letter to provide guidance to elementary and secondary schools,
as well as colleges and universities, on their responses to bullying and
harassment. The guidance is a good start; however, the real challenge is
the broader educational environment we create for our children.
Thanks to a variety media rich efforts, we may be reaching a critical mass
of people discussing ways to change the public school system to better
prepare young people for life — growing up, becoming a part of society,
working in a highly competitive world, becoming a parent themselves. It
finally seems to be a “sexy conversation.” All too often, however, the
debate surrounding school improvement and education reform fails to
address the critical non-academic barriers that interfere with students’
ability to learn. We must eliminate the obstacles, such as bullying and
corporal punishment, that undermine the ability of students to achieve
their full potential.
I applaud the Department’s efforts to address educational environment
issues through the enforcement of civil rights laws. These laws are not
new, but their enforcement by the Department of Education is. This is a
good first step, but it is just that: a first step. The guidance needs to
be followed by aggressive investigation and vigorous enforcement of the
law. We need to do more than talk the talk; we have to walk the walk.
This guidance is long overdue. The recent bullying tragedies that have
received a great deal of media attention are not outliers. I can assure
you bullying and harassment are far more pervasive than most realize.
Research shows that one-third of all students ages 12 to 18 felt that they
were being bullied or harassed at school. You might think that
intimidation and harassment is just how kids play around, but these
behaviors have very real consequences. Medical and developmental studies
show that children who have been bullied and harassed suffer a slew of
mental and physical ailments: lost self-esteem and confidence, increased
anxiety, alienation from their environment, increased absenteeism, lowered
aspirations and reduced academic achievement.
Unfortunately, the problem only gets worse — students have more to fear
than abusive classmates. The hostile environments fostered in our schools
don’t always start with the kids, in fact, in 20 states in this Union it
is legal to HIT KIDS as a form of discipline. That is right. It is still
legal in America, the only industrialized nation on the planet where it is
in fact still legal. It is not legal to hit prisoners, but it is to hit
students. With a hand, a paddle or whatever. Serving “licks” or more
technically speaking; Corporal punishment, restraint, seclusion and other
forms of discipline inflicted by teachers and administrators have the same
effects that bullying and harassment by a student’s peers do. It doesn’t
matter whether it is kids or teachers doing the hitting or intimidating,
they all create an environment of fear and hostility that results in
damage to our kids and lower academic performance.
Reports conservatively say that school officials hit over 200,000 kids
each year, chalked up as justifiable punishment for “acting out.” The
truth is that these beatings are not only wrong, but they’re ineffective.
And that is “the rub”… or “the KA-POW!”, because here too, research
studies show that corporal punishment leads to higher rates of absenteeism
and lower academic achievement — talk about counter productive?!?! And,
like bullying and harassment, those who are corporally punished are
disproportionately minorities or children who have disabilities.
These problems actually feed off each other. The research shows that
corporal punishment leads to increased aggression, including bullying.
When kids start acting out and becoming more aggressive to other kids we
rightly take action — however, in far too many cases that response is to
inflict still more corporal punishment. This vicious cycle doesn’t
surprise me — and it shouldn’t surprise you either. When we hit our kids,
we teach them that violence is an acceptable tool for dealing with their
problems. We legitimize violence, and they in turn, inflict it on one
We must create school environments of respect and learning, not fear and
intimidation. Instead of getting caught up in the typical school reform
“mumbo-jumbo,” let us start with the basics. How about a NON-HOSTILE
learning environment for FOR ALL AMERICAN KIDS?
The truth is, no matter who is doing it, hitting doesn’t teach anyone.

Since next week will be your last post, let me be the first to wish the
four of you the absolute best of luck in educating our future generations.
Our goal is to offer you alternatives to this barbaric practice which rears
its ugly head when people are violent towards each other. This is due to
the point that as children, they probably learned that there is moral
justification to using violence as a means to problem solving. This can
quickly spiral out of control and include playmates to future lovers,
family members, their own children, neighbors, and society at large. Let
me leave you with a thought to think about.
“Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained
through understanding,” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
By the ways, I’m still down for an internet debate via skipe and/on
you tube. When you’re ready, you know where to find me.

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