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Corporal Punishment in School

Toddler and Teenager Expert Advice from Carleton Kendrick, Ed.M., LCSW

Q: How do you feel about corporal punishment being used in schools as a method of disciplining a child?

A: In my opinion, corporal punishment is not a healthy discipline technique in school or in the family. Discipline should teach there are logical and natural consequences to all our behaviors. Physically punishing and hurting kids teaches that might makes right. It teaches kids to fear that mistakes will bring them pain and shame. It causes them to seek revenge. It makes them lose trust and respect for the teacher who physically punishes them. Short of skillfully restraining a child who has physically become a danger to himself and/or others, teachers should not be permitted to inflict physical punishment upon kids in the name of discipline.

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Carleton Kendrick has been in private practice as a family therapist and has worked as a consultant for more than 20 years. He has conducted parenting seminars on topics ranging from how to discipline toddlers to how to stay connected with teenagers. Kendrick has appeared as an expert on national broadcast media such as CBS, Fox Television Network, Cable News Network, CNBC, PBS, and National Public Radio. In addition, he's been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, USA Today, Reader's Digest, BusinessWeek, Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and many other publications.


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