Many people, even within the USA, think corporal
punishment has long disappeared from American
schools. This is not so!
It is true that the incidence of
CP has declined sharply in recent years, but only 29 states
(plus D.C. and Puerto Rico) have actually abolished it,
either de facto or de jure. CP is still lawful in the other
21 states, and it remains a fairly common practice in five
of them, all in the South: Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama,
Arkansas and Mississippi.
In the next few months,
schoolpaddling.org will be taking an unbiased look at
corporal punishment in the states that still allow it.
We will be reporting on the negative and the positive
effects of corporal punishment by talking with those who
have first-hand experience with it.
We will be looking at the past,
present and future of corporal punishment in the USA as
well as other countries around the world.