Saturday, November 21, 2009

ACTION ALERT: Indiana Star Seeking Parent Input on Corporal Punishment

Should schools still use the paddle?

The Indianapolis Star is working on a story about the increasing number of Central Indiana school districts banning corporal punishment as a form of discipline. We want to hear what you think.

Most districts in central Indiana counties specifically bar teachers and administrators from striking children. And of those that still do allow it, one is poised to change that policy and administrators in most of the others don't paddle children even when allowed to.

The federal government estimates that 577 Indiana children were paddled in schools during the 2006-2007 school year, the last year for which data were available.

Advocates of paddling say that it is an effective way to get a disruptive child's attention. Opponents say that it teaches violence and is not appropriate for educators to be involved in.

Parents, what do you think? Send your e-mail to Let us know your thoughts to use in our news story. Be sure to give your name and phone number so we can contact you. We will use the phone number only for having a reporter contact you.

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