Putting Education Reform To The Test

Mapping Corporal Punishment in Florida Schools

Find out which Florida school districts used corporal punishment in the 2009-2010 school year. Click on individual district to see specific schools and numbers. Read the story.

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  • Roban

    do they spank in orlando?

    • Sansevieria


  • A teacher

    These days parents want to be their child’s friend rather than their parent and often do not give consequences for their child’s misbehavior at school.  In school suspension, out of school suspension, detention, silent lunch– consequences the school gives, do not work, nor have they proven effective to correct misbehavior.  Neither has positive reinforcement, such as special treats, awards, recognization, etc to those that display proper behavior.  If Paddling allows the child to change their behavior to a more socially acceptable behavior, then paddle away— and if you don’t want your child paddled– then discipline them!  Stop being a softy, take away the cell phone, ipod, xbox, playstation, clothes, computer, tablet, etc for a good amount of time and STICK to it!!  If parents parented then paddling wouldn’t be necessary.

    • Gmajms

      I think it is a shame that adults feel the need to discipline children out of fear of physical punishment rather than teaching children to internalize what is right or wrong. Hazing was a tradition, but it is wrong and so is spanking in school. As long as spanking continues the cycle of physical abuse will continue to thrive. As a teacher it makes me SICK to think about any child being spanked in school. It is quite frankly, a horror that it still happens today…I’m ashamed and embarrassed for this continued, ineffective method of discipline.

    • Cam

      Not really. There are better way of disciplining kids. Look around you. There are plenty of kids out there who don’t get spanked or even punished at all and they are well behaved and smart. Yet adults tend only to notice the ones that misbehave. There are plenty of paddled kids that also misbehave and we can’t always try to link the misbehavior to the way their parents treat them. There’s nothing wrong with being your child’s friend and it doesn’t mean you can’t also be a loving, supporting parent.

  • sam schaer


    • Sansevieria

      Where is your scientific data, proof, or evidence of this claim you are screaming in all-caps?

  • Mary

    All I’m going to say is if I found out a teacher put their hands on one of my children they better get ready to step to me because it would be ON. I am the parent, it is MY job to decide the appropriate punishment and it is the teachers job to educate according to the states standards. My two children are 4 and 7 and both are incredibly well behaved…have I spanked them? Sure, once or twice. While I don’t buy into the new age parenting nonsense (and I think the way society is in general gives testament to the term “nonsense”), I do believe that corporal punishment should be reserved only for situations that honestly call for it as it becomes ineffective (and in fact usually has the reverse of the desired intention) when it is used as the primary means of discipline.

    • Sansevieria

      Interesting how people want to blame everything wrong with society on a lack of corporal punishment, when (1) there are other factors, (2) society is actually improving, and (3) most criminals were spanked as kids, given that most people were.

      Do you have scientific proof to back up that everything wrong with society is our fault, or do you plan just to rely on opinion?

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