Believe it or not, corporal punishment in today’s primary and secondary schools exists. Many people assume it’s a disciplinary function of the past, but that is not the case, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin (UTA) and Penn State (PSU) worked together to complete this study on corporal punishment in today’s school systems. A report on the study’s findings was released earlier this month, according to the Huffington Post. The data in this report will surprise most parents, especially those who are black.
The data in this joint UTA-PSU report was compiled using information from a 2011-2012 report conducted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. Facts show that corporal punishment is most frequently used in Southern states, especially in Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama.
“Black children in Alabama and Mississippi are at least 51% more likely to be corporally punished than White children in over half of school districts, while in one fifth of both states’ districts, Black children are over 5 times (500%) more likely to be corporally punished,” the authors of the joint UTA and PSU study wrote.
“Disparities for Black children are also high in several other southeastern states—17% in Arkansas, 20% in Florida, 26% in Georgia, 28% in Louisiana, and 18% in Tennessee, meaning they were more than 3 times as likely to receive corporal punishment in school as White children,” the authors continued.
Corporal punishment in public schools is legally allowed in 19 U.S. states. Social scientists have also suggested that beating children in school does not just affect the students who are beaten. Corporally punishing students also affects the students who witness or hear the beatings.
The fact that black children are more likely to be beaten at school is a big concern for black parents. This is another one of the reasons why a large number of black parents are becoming part of the growing domestic movement across the country, which is homeschooling their children.