Corporal Punishment Legislative
And Grass Roots Strategies
- Develop a list of “Hall of Shame” school districts with the largest percentage of children hit. Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Elementary and Secondary Schools Civil Rights Survey.
- Seek the endorsement of all state level organizations which have national boards endorsing bans on corporal punishment.
- Seek newspaper editorial endorsements for a ban. Compile these editorials. List them on fact sheets. Give them to other media persons who are writing about the issue. A good argument: More than half the states have abolished corporal punishment. Are their teachers more capable? Are our students more disruptive?
- Get testimonials for a ban by ministers, priests and rabbis.
- Keep abuse reports of children injured. Remind parents to get pictures of injuries and take children to emergency rooms. Ask parents to speak to the media about these injuries.
- Prepare one page fact sheet on the status of corporal punishment bans in the U.S. and home state, reasons for banning its use, alternatives to its use and contact persons/organizations for further information.
- Send monthly reports to the legislature or school boards on current abuse cases, schools districts banning corporal punishment, etc.
- Develop a list of quotes against the use of corporal punishment by leaders in education, mental health, religion, government, etc. Publish in newsletters and other publications.
- Develop a brochure on pending legislation, a rationale for it and contact persons.
- Develop a speaker’s bureau for requests by boards, teachers, etc. for speakers on alternatives. Also keep a speaker’s list for media opportunities and legislative testimony.
- Develop a legislative alert system.
- Always correct the media when they call paddling “spanking.” The dictionary definition of spanking is “to hit with the hand.” The term “spanking” trivializes paddling.
- When you call the media have a headline ready for them i.e. “State legislature makes today a black and blue day for Kentucky children.”
Developed by: Center for Effective Discipline, Inc.