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stopschoolpaddling Donating Member (353 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-09-10 04:15 PM
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Why are Arkansans incapable of seeing that corporal punishment
in our schools is the leading cause of high school dropout rates in this state? What's it going to take to make them see and take responsibility for the outrageous amount of legal child abuse committed by educators in our public schools?
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Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 07:53 AM
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2. Are they still paddling students in high school?
I thought they did away with that a long time ago.

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stopschoolpaddling Donating Member (353 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-16-10 12:57 PM
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3. High School try Kindergarten
You should read my editorial which was published in our local newspaper. All the research is accurate. Hold on let me get it.

I became concerned with corporal punishment (CP) in the Marshall County school district (MCSD) after my son in his first week of Kindergarten this year came home and told me that his teacher was scaring him and he didnt want to go to school anymore. Upon questioning, he then told me his teacher screamed all the time and had showed his class a large wooden paddle and explained that it could be used on children who didnt behave. She then kept the paddle in full view of the children on her desk. Outraged at how she was trying to control her classroom by intimidation and the fear of punishment, I tried to address the issue with school officials. Since they stated they were in complete support of this type of teacher behavior and became defensive and outright hostile in my questioning their disciplinary tactics, I decided to investigate. Here is what I found.
According to records on the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) website, during the 2007/2008 school year, there were a total of 394 reported incidences of CP in all Searcy County schools. That same year neighboring Stone County reported 125. It should be noted that Stone County had just 46 less students that year then Searcy County did. On this same document under the heading of other discipline Stone County reported 542 and Searcy County reported 6. Well, due to the huge differences between the two counties, my investigation continued. First, I ranked each of the 75 counties in Arkansas by dividing the reported numbers of CP incidences with the number of enrolled students. What I found was according to records from the ADE website, Searcy County came in 8th and Stone county came in 29th per capita with #1 being the county that used it the most.
I then requested the CP records from the MCSD. True to form, they completely ignored my request until I was advised by ADE to send them a certified letter quoting my freedom of information.
What I received were the CP records broken down into years and the 3 schools that comprise MCSD. According to their own records, in this school district alone that only consists of a little over half of all students in Searcy County there were 616 incidences of corporal punishment in 2007/2008. But what of the figure on the ADE website that reports 394 as a combined number of all the schools in Searcy county? Was it an oversight on behalf of the people who combined the data? Or did they intentionally not report their actual numbers? (I am in the process of investigating this with ADE) If I rate MCSD like I did counties and divide the number of CP incidences by the number of students they will claim 1st place in all of Arkansas in the race to hit as many children as they possibly can.
I leave you with these questions. Is CP being used as a last resort or first? Are the children of Searcy County more than 5 times more likely to misbehave to the point of warranting CP than the children of Stone County? Why at Leslie Elementary during the 2006/2007 school year were there 18 reported CP incidents and then during 2007/2008 it jumps to 69 and 61 in 2008/2009? What the hell happened? Did a busload of juvenile delinquents suddenly move to the area all at once or maybe a planetary cosmic shift affecting this county alone could explain it? Or maybe, a new principle that started in 2006 took it easy the first year while she got her bearings and the next year when she felt acclimated went on a CP rampage to satisfy her need for power by punishing as many children as possible? At Marshall Elementary, the reported number of CP incidents went from 105 in 2006/2007 and 96 in 2007/2008 to a whopping 168 in 2008/2009. Guess what? A new principle was hired that year. So what is it thats causing Searcy County Schools to have such high CP incidences, more misbehavior from children or a preference by principles to solve behavioral problems through force? Just so you know, Marshall High School has had the same principle since 1995 and their CP numbers dont change much from year to year. I hope the fact that there are consistently more CP incidents per year than there are students at this school doesnt alarm anyone. Just for fun, you might ask any student whos gotten it from him whether he seems to enjoy it.
If anyone would like to see the report that Im getting my information from just email me and Ill be more than happy to forward it to you. As for corporal punishment in this area, Im done with it. My children now attend in Stone County where they have a better record. I just felt obligated to the children who are stuck there to make this information public.
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P.S. In response to the two writers who claim that CP is having a positive effect on the number of children who will wind up in jail, please go to the public records section of the November 11th issue of this newspaper and read the petition by the sheriffs office to raise criminal fines to offset the cost of the rising number of incarcerations in Searcy County. Keep up the good work, folks, and dont worry about the fact that the high school drop out rate so far this year at Marshall High is only .3 away from double the median average. Not to worry, Im sure you will reach your goal in turning as many children as you can off on education.
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 11:10 AM
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4. They're Christians
and have been beaten into Pavlovian responses of kicking what is smaller and more vulnerable than you.

Replace Blanche Lincoln with a real Democrat.
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