Federal Bill H.R. 3027 "The Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act," sponsored by Carolyn McCarthy, is now before congress and it may die soon if it doesn’t receive enough support from Congressmen. This isn’t the first time it has come before congress and apparently it hasn’t passed in 2010; however if enough people write their congressmen then perhaps with enough grass roots support it may pass either this time or the next, hopefully this.
The implications of this bill are far greater than many people realize. This is part of a cycle of escalating violence that leads to much more crime, bullying, domestic violence and many other social problems including indoctrination that encourages children to believe what they’re told to believe without question. I have gone into the details of how this occurs in many other blogs and there are also many peer reviewed academics, some of which I have cited, that have done much more work to indicate how much damage this does to children; however, as usual, the decisions made by Congress continue to be made based on political beliefs and interests not rational academic research or the best interest of the majority.
This bill was brought to my attention by Julie Worley who commented on it in a previous post about sparing the child for Christmas. For more information on the subject see A summation of the bill or the complete bill and status, “A Violent Education” report at ACLU or “Protest our Children” sponsored by friends of Carolyn McCarthy.
I usually don’t like chain letters or other similar activities like chain blogs especially when they’re for something shallow; however when it comes to something that is important enough this could be an important grass roots way to spread the word, so I hope you’ll forgive the following request. If a few of you think this subject is important enough feel free to either ask a few additional people to write their congressmen in addition to writing yours or write a blog with your own input on the subject. The long term impact could be enormous if this bill is passed although many people who don’t understand the full implications may not recognize it.