Target: Congressman John Kline – Chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee
Goal: Ban corporal punishment in American public schools
In 19 American states it is legal to beat children in public schools. Records show that there were 223,000 beatings of students in the 2005-06 school year. The 19 states that allow corporal punishment in schools are: Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. Texas is the leader in use of physical punishment with 49,197 punishments recorded 2008-09. Some studies show that recorded beatings have actually gone up in Mississippi with 47,727 to 57,953 between 2006-07 and 2008-09.
Studies have shown that students of color and students with disabilities are disproportionally subjected to more beatings than white children. There is no data that shows corporal punishment is a positive factor in a learning environment. In fact, studies show that physical discipline causes students to perform worse academically. In addition, children subjected to beating have reported problems with fear, anxiety, anger and depression. These problems can lead to negative high-risk adolescent behavior such as negative peer relationships, poor academic interest and achievement, and a higher chance of school avoidance and drop-out.
Corporal punishment needs to be removed from the public school system immediately. There is no information to provide good reason for physical discipline in schools but a plethora of reasons to abolish this outdated practice from American education systems.
By signing the petition below, you will demand that Congressman John Kline – the Chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee – takes action against this barbaric and outdated custom.
Dear Congressman Kline,
American school systems are experiencing crises. While there are many complicated issues in the education sector, there is one you can help with today. Even in 2013 there are still 19 states in which it is legal to use corporal punishment on children in public schools. In addition, studies found students of color and disabled students are unfairly subjected to more physical punishment than white, non-disabled students.
There is no data to show that children benefit from physical discipline but there is overwhelming evidence to support that they suffer from it. Public schools that still use corporal punishment test lower than schools that prohibit it. Students subjected to beating often have problems academically and personally. These problems coupled with high-risk adolescent behavior can lead to higher chances of negative peer relationships, lack of academic interest, and school drop-outs.
Please make it your priority to abolish corporal punishment from public schools and make it illegal in this country. Children need to be nurtured and educated in the world of academia not taught to be fearful and anxious. Make sure physical punishment becomes a thing of the past — take beating out of the public school system.
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