Corporal Punishment Persists in U.S. Schools

Numbers collected by the U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights and released in March 2008 showed that 223,190 students were physically punished in American schools in 2006, the most recent year available. No federal policy exists on corporal punishment in schools. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that it’s an issue left to the states.  The data also revealed that the punishment was disproportionately meted out for African-American and male students. While the student population covered by the survey was 17.1 percent African-American, 35.6 percent of the students paddled in 2006 were from that racial group. Boys accounted for 78.3 percent of the students paddled. Source: Education Week

 

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