Columbus, OH (PRWEB) August 19, 2014
By mid-August, most children are returning to school. Each day in the upcoming year, according to statistics from the US Department of Education, over 1,000 US school children will be told to "bend over and take your swats" in 19 states where school corporal punishment is permitted. Breaking the Paddle: Ending School Corporal Punishment shows that for breaking school rules, educators in those states are permitted to hit children as young as five on the buttocks with a flat board called a "paddle." Some require medical care and many grow up with angry and vengeful feelings for schools and teachers, as detailed throughout the book.
Breaking the Paddle: Ending School Corporal Punishment is a book written by Nadine A. Block who founded of the Center for Effective Discipline and is a former teacher and school psychologist. Block says, "I hope the book accelerates the banning of school paddling in the US by educating Americans on the effects of its use on tens of thousands of children each year and how ordinary citizens can end its use." Block describes efforts of a coalition she led that struggled to achieve a statewide ban in Ohio and succeeded in finally ending it in 2009.
Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature, has awarded Breaking the Paddle: Ending School Corporal Punishment awards in categories of History-Non-Fiction and Family Matters. The book also won a 2014 award from Eric Hoffer Book Awards in the category of Reference: Non-Fiction. It is available on online bookstores and all proceeds go to the Center for Effective Discipline for programs on positive discipline.
All parents who want to protect their children from paddling, educators, all school board members and public policy makers having an impact on education policy, child advocates and professionals who work with families should read this book. Nadine Block says, "Banning it shouldn't be controversial. State governments have already decided corporal punishment is harmful. It is banned in child care, foster care and institutions for children in almost every state. It should be banned in schools too!"