Corporal punishment is still used in 21 states’ public schools. Proponents say the method can motivate children to behave, but research suggests otherwise. Trey Clayton, for instance, was paddled repeatedly in school as a teenager, ultimately suffering a broken jaw and dropping out. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Education Week’s Sarah Sparks for our weekly education segment, “Making the Grade.” (Source: PBS News Hour)
More than 4,000 public schools still use physical punishment to discipline students even though the overwhelming evidence says that corporal punishment is both ineffective and harmful to child development. 19 states still allow it: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming. Why is it legal to hurt children?