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Alternatives to Corporal Punishment

Not only is corporal punishment harmful, is it ineffective.

Instead of corporal punishment NJFC and other organizations want to create and implement effective alternatives to discipline that include effective, peer mediation classes,conflict resolution courses, restorative justice, saturday school, and community service learning.

Peer Mediation 

Peer mediation is problem solving by youth with youth. It is a process by which two or more students involved in a dispute meet in a private, safe and confidential setting to work out problems with the assistance of a trained student mediator. 

Saturday School

Saturday school is an alternative to exclusionary discipline measures that requires students to give up a portion of their weekend to make up for their misbehavior at school. This schedule doesn’t interfere with the student’s learning time during the school week ,but allows students to remain in the learning environment during that time and receive instruction and assignments.

Conflict Resolution Courses

The study of conflict and its resolution through negotiation is the goal of this course. This course will focus on the concepts and skills necessary to help you identify and resolve conflicts through negotiation.

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice is a community building process that aims to heal relationships between offenders, their victims, and their community. Restorative circles and restorative conferences bring affected parties together to discuss the problem or behavior and to find a solution or appropriate punishment. Teachers can model informal, unplanned circles as a means to diffuse minor classroom disputes. Eventually, students can be empowered to create their own problem solving circles.

Community Service Learning

Community service can be performed at any time for any reason. Although meaningful community service often leads to transformative learning, this connection becomes explicit in service learning. Service activities are embedded within academic classes and are meant to help participants achieve specific learning goals.

Other than the infliction of pain and the physical injuries that often result from the use of physical punishments, these violent disciplinary methods also impact students' academic achievement and long-term well-being. Despite significant evidence that corporal punishment is detrimental to a productive learning environment, “there is currently no federal prohibition on the use of physical discipline against children in public school.”  

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