According to data from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, from the 2006-2007 school year, over 200,000 students are the victims of corporal punishment every year. African American children and children with disabilities experience corporal punishment at disproportionately high rates. In the case of the latter, many are punished simply for behaviors arising out of their disabilities, such as autism or Tourette’s syndrome. In our view this is abuse, but not according to the 19 states that still permit schools to beat children in their care.
According to polling done in all 50 states by SurveyUSA in 2005, only 23 percent of Americans believe it’s okay for teachers to hit students.
All the evidence points to spanking harming children, but some still hold on to conservative beliefs of “Spare the rod and spoil the child.”
The Board of Education is a documentary film that examines the use of corporal punishment in the U.S. public school system. With nineteen states still allowing students to be subjected to this form of discipline, Director Jared Abrams takes an in-depth and personal look at this controversial issue.
Take a look and leave us a comment, because we’d be interested in if you agree we should work together to stop this, to #stopabuse of children by their schools.