Eliminating Legal Corporal Punishment Part 1

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Eliminating Legal Corporal Punishment Part 1

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Corporal or physical punishment is any punishment where physical force, no matter how slight, is used to discipline a child. Other punishments that are not physical but are intended to belittle or degrade a child can also be considered corporal punishment.

Corporal punishment has been illegal in most developed countries since the late 20th century, but is still legal in a large portion of the world and in portions of the United States. Successfully eliminating legal corporal punishment means a society-wide change in attitudes towards using violence as a disciplinary method against children whether in homes or schools. There is a large body of research on the negative effects of corporal punishment. One is escalation.   When mild violence doesn’t have the intended outcome, it becomes more pronounced, from light taps to hard hitting. Another is encouraging violence.

When you respond to behavior that you don’t like with violence, it teaches children that violence is an appropriate response when they are unhappy. There are also effects that cannot be measured but are incredibly harmful, such as psychological damage and the lowering of a child’s self-esteem. Teachers or caregivers who inflict violence on children often act out of personal frustration. Often children will not speak out due to fear, but will act out in their behavior, which causes more frustration, leading to further corporal punishment, a perpetuation of a vicious cycle.

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    The current project manager for the Atlanta K-12 Design Challenge, Laurie Kimbrel is an educator with many years’ experience. Before undertaking this position in 2015, Kimbrel served as Superintendent of the Tamalpais Union High School District in Larkspur, California, where she oversaw 4,200 students, 435 staff members, and managed a $63 million budget. Among other achievements under Laurie Kimbrel’s tenure, the district implemented a leadership model that formed Professional Learning Communities designed to augment teacher effectiveness through shared assessment data.

    Kimbrel holds a bachelor of science in music and business from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. She also received a master of science in special education from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, and completed her education with leadership-based doctoral studies at Loyola University in Chicago.

    Dedicated to her community, Laurie Kimbrel is a hospice volunteer and works with nonprofits aimed at ensuring every child has access to great teachers and schools. She is also passionate about education reform and champions efforts to bring about effective hiring practices in schools.

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    Loyola University Chicago - Doctorate, Curriculum & Instruction

    National Louis University, Certificate of Advanced Study, Educational Leadership

    Dominican University, Master of Science, Special Education

    Millikin University, Bachelor of Science, Music and Business

    It's a Man's World: How to Achieve Success as a Woman in High School District, AASA Women in Leadership Conference, 2013

    How to Run a Clean Construction Program, California School Board Convention, 2012

    A Transition Success Story: California School Boards Association Conference, 2009

    Program Growth and High Achievement: College Board National Conference, 2008

    Building Leadership Capacity through Effective Staffing Planning, Illinois Association of Personnel Administrators Conference, 2008

    Improving Student Achievement: Illinois NCLB Conference, 2007

    Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations: Lake County Personnel Administrators Conference, 2007

    The Impact of Proactive Classroom Management, Doctoral Dissertation, Loyola University, 2002

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