Corporal Punishment, Religion, and United States Public Schools

  • Jane Hall Fitz-Gibbon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 131-141

About this book


This book examines corporal punishment in United States public schools. The practice—which is still legal in nineteen states—affects approximately a quarter million children each year. Justification for the use of physical punishment is often based on religious texts. Rather than simply disregarding the importance of religious commitment, this volume presents an alternative faith-based response. The book suggests the “hermeneutical triad,” of sacred text, tradition, and reason as an acceptable approach for those seeking to be faithful to religious text and tradition. 


Corporal Punishment school discipline hermeneutical triad Child Protective Services Ingraham v. Wright William Webb US Public schools

Authors and affiliations

  • Jane Hall Fitz-Gibbon
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  1. 1.Buffalo State College BuffaloUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-57447-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-57448-6
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