Est. time: 23 min

Corporal punishment was once an accepted and common form of administering discipline to students who acted out, disobeyed school rules, or did not follow teacher directives. Teachers and administrators in years past acted immediately after the offense, and the child was returned to the classroom to await even stricter punishment when they got home. Physical forms of punishment were more common from the 1950s through 1970s, but the attitudes of parents and some educators changed with the introduction of alternatives to corporal punishment or the use of negative consequences. Behaviorists who determined that aversive consequences were cruel and unusual punishment subsequently researched other means of gaining the desired behaviors without using painful methods. Written by Michael Livovich, in this tutorial, the following objectives will be addressed: Definition of corporal punishment; Use of corporal punishment; The case for and against corporal punishment; General state prohibitions for schools; Protection of employees and students; Recommendations for all school districts; and Positive Behavioral Instructional Supports (PBIS).