Corporal Punishment in American Education: Readings in History, Practice, and Alternatives

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A Survey of Attitudes toward Corporal Punishment in Pennsylvania Schools
Francis J. Reardon Robert N. Reynolds
Introduction
The Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities was adopted by the ( Pennsylvania) State Board of Education after spirited debate. One of the most controversial portions of the bill was that concerning corporal punishment. Despite some strong support for abolishing it entirely, a majority of the board members voted to continue it. The minority requested a study specifically aimed at answering these questions:
1. What kinds of corporal punishment are used in Pennsylvania schools?
2. What variations of corporal punishment regulations are common in Pennsylvania schools?
3. What are the positive and negative effects of corporal punishment from the viewpoint of parents, students, and school personnel (teachers, administrators, school board)?
4. What, if any, types of corporal punishment result in desired changes in student behaviors?

The study should consider these questions in terms of: school policies, court cases, due process, and basis for hearings.


Review of the Literature

Spare the rod, spoil the child? This question seems to be the essence of a long-running debate on the subject of corporal punishment. Hapkiewicz

This is a shortened version of a report entitled Corporal Punishment in Pennsylvania. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania State Department of Education, 1975.

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