THE CONFLICT CYCLE/ INTERVENTION STRATEGIES
Wise ( 1977) points out that advocates of the use of corporal punishment make three assertions that are pivotal in our consideration of school discipline: (1) Corporal punishment should in most cases be a last resort used only after all other means of appropriate punishment have been tried and failed. (2) The offending student should be given a choice: "This is the bottom line--would you rather be paddled or do you wish to be suspended from school?". (3) Faced with the choice of corporal punishment or suspension, students almost always select corporal punishment. This choice is evidence that suspension is more serious and damaging because students really want an education and prefer to be in school where people care what happens to them.
In view of the evidence presented in Chapters 1 and 2, the assertion that corporal punishment should be used as an escalated treatment after all other alternative punishments have failed is untenable. The escalation in and of itself severely limits the probability of success. Furthermore, the aura of physical attack on any person by another is degrading. We need to recall that corporal punishment is outlawed in every phase of American life except the home and school. There is no empirical evidence available of positive effects of corporal punishment. Finally, the use of corporal punishment as an early resort is so common that the national organization, End Violence Against the Next Generation, named its journal The Last? Resort.
The use of corporal punishment as a last resort in a list of punishments
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Publication information: Book title: Strategies for Classroom Discipline. Contributors: Meryl E. Englander - Author. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1987. Page number: 41.
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