Corporal punishment should be outlawed for good. The fact that it still occurs is unacceptable.
The cane may have disappeared from West Australian public and Catholic schools in 1986 but it has not disappeared completely from the state’s schools.
According to Minister for Education Liz Constable, two independent schools in WA still use the cane.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Education Services said the School Education Act prohibited the use of corporal punishment in public schools – but confirmed the cane was used in some non-government schools.
The spokeswoman said the government regulated the use of canes through the process of school registration.
Mrs Constable said although she did not believe physical punishment was an effective method for controlling student behaviour and did not support its use, parents were able to make their own choice.
“It is a matter of parental choice to send their children to study at schools that include this type of punishment in their discipline policy,” she said.
“The strategies we are implementing now in public schools focus more on positive reinforcement, especially around attendance issues.”
The push to ban corporal punishment has less to do with the rights of parents and more to do with the rights of children.
Click on the link to read my posts, ‘Teachers Who Beat Kids Should Be Put Away!‘ and ‘Corporal Punishment Reveals the Worst School has to Offer‘.
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