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These States Allow Teachers And Staff To Hit Students

Twenty-two states still allow corporal punishment in school: 15 expressly permit it while another seven do not prohibit it. That's according to a recent letter written by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. to the nation's governors and state school chiefs.

Not sure what, exactly, corporal punishment is? Here's a quick primer.

It often involves a paddle. Always, pain. That's the point.

The National Association of School Psychologists explains corporal punishment as "the intentional infliction of pain or discomfort and/or the use of physical force upon a student with the intention of causing the student to experience bodily pain so as to correct or punish the student's behavior."

Lest you think this kind of extreme discipline died with the dunce cap, that letter we mentioned — from Secretary King — decried the fact that, in the 2013-2014 school year, more than 110,000 students were physically punished.

The move comes after an investigation by Education Week into the prevalence of the practice.

"School-sponsored corporal punishment is not only ineffective, it is a harmful practice, and one that disproportionally impacts students of color and students with disabilities," King wrote. "This practice has no place in the public schools of a modern nation that plays such an essential role in the advancement and protection of civil and human rights."

Also this month, dozens of groups, including the National PTA, Children's Defense Fund and American Academy of Pediatrics signed a letter of their own, supporting an end to corporal punishment.


The Bible and Spanking Children- How (and How Not) to Spank Children

The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother. (Proverbs 29:15)

The Bible and spanking children — Introduction

These guidelines are adapted from Parenting Foundations: Nurturing with Insight, Disciplining with Love.

Spanking (corporal punishment) is a biblical tool

God ordained spanking children as a means of discipline or correction. Here are some Bible verses about corporal punishment:

He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him. (Proverbs 13:24)

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him. (Proverbs 22:15)

Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. (Proverbs 23:13)

The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother. (Proverbs 29:15)

Be wise — Spanking done poorly may be child abuse

Spanking has been misused by many Christians (as well as non-Christians), and can constitute child abuse. However, when used within a nurturing, loving home, spanking can have very positive results.

  • When done properly, spanking helps children grow in respect, obedience and self-control. It is not child abuse.
  • When done poorly, spanking results in anger and bitterness. It can harm children emotionally and physically, and may be child abuse.


Stay balanced: Create a nurturing home

The key to successful parenting is building a strong relationship–not corporal punishment. Spanking your children should be a small part of your parenting. If your main parenting tool is spanking or other forms of punishment, you will fail.

Important guidelines

As you read the following, score yourself from 0 to 10 on each point.

  • “0” means “I really need to improve in this area.”
  • “10” means “I am doing very well in this area.”

Enter your child’s life. Do things with him or her. My score (0-10): _____

Focus on the positive and build your child up. My score (0-10): _____
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)

Listen. My score (0-10): _____
He who answers before listening—that is his folly and his shame. (Proverbs 18:13)
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (James 1:19)

Speak with love and respect. My score (0-10): _____
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. (Proverbs 10:11)
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value. (Proverbs 10:20)
A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. (Proverbs 25:11)

Do not spank in anger. My score (0-10): _____
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. (Galatians 6:1)

Do not spank for all problems. It usually is best only to spank for willful disobedience. My score (0-10): _____

Do not spank an infant. My score (0-10): _____

Don’t spank a child older than ten. Older children are likely to feel humiliated and resentful. My score (0-10): _____

Related: Positive Christian Parenting