1972 May 5

Groups Fight Corporal Punishment in Schools


A three-day conference on corporal punishment in schools that began on this day was a sign of growing public concern about the issue among parents and civil libertarians. At this time, corporal punishment was legal in 48 states. By 2014, it was legal in only about 20 states.

Learn more about corporal punishment of children: https://www.aclu.org/human-rights/corporal-punishment-children

Learn more: Irwin Hyman and James Wise, Corporal Punishment in American Education: Readings in History, Practice and Alternatives (1979)

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