Recent violence renews school discipline debate

ONE News May 15, 2010

Family First NZ says many New Zealanders support corporal punishment in schools, and the events of the past week may have pushed that support higher. In a poll which asked 1,000 people if a school should be able to choose to use corporal punishment as an option for school discipline. 50% responded yes, 44% said no and 6% didn’t know. Family First director Bob McCoskrie says we need to ask whether the approach pushed by the teachers’ unions and children’s rights groups have been in the best interests of students and the whole school community.
READ ‘Reasonable Force’ In Schools by Dr Muriel Newman
The proposal to abolish corporal punishment in schools had originally appeared as clause 66 in a Crimes Bill in 1989. Without warning Labour inserted it into the 1990 Education Amendment Bill as it was going through its final debates in Parliament.