Arkansans Against School Paddling is the official Arkansas State Chapter of the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, a national non-profit organization. We work to engage school personnel, school board members, and state legislators in an effort to ban corporal punishment statewide.
Our goal is simple: to ban school-sanction corporal punishment statewide. As we work towards that goal, we’re giving families and educators the information and resources necessary to engage with the topic more knowledgeably and more compassionately.
As we work towards that goal, we’re giving families and educators the information and resources necessary to engage with the topic more knowledgeably and more compassionately.
1.) …agree that our advocacy is social justice work that aims—by promoting equity, cultural competence, and trauma awareness—to repeal a practice that can disadvantage children.
2.) …promise to help schools—despite their indifference—and to focus on the rights of children whose health and dignity those schools serve to safeguard.
3.) …believe that every educator wants every child to succeed—it’s simply their own socialization that has confused their methods.
4.) …eschew the sharing of content that examines the sexual implications or lasting sexualization of corporal punishment—the practice is heinous enough.
5.) …denounce elitist language that temporalizes corporal punishment (words
like “backwards” or “antiquated”) because it stymies the real understanding necessary for productive conversations.
6.) …strive to continually understand and explain our advocacy work in terms of teaching—not parenting.
7.) …promise to never publish digital content with images of distressed children—our purpose is to protect the vulnerable, not to exploit them.
8.) …pledge to respond with humility and alacrity to all accountability—we want to represent the importance of lifelong learning.
9.) …promote nonviolence—even in language used casually or figuratively.
10.) …commit ourselves to protecting every child in Arkansas until a ban on school-sanctioned corporal punishment is enacted.