Once in a while, a rare human being takes the risks necessary to do something about the injustices in the world. Paula Flowe is one of those rare people. I feel honored that Paula is becoming a Certified Positive Discipline Associate. Read the following to see what else she is doing. Be sure to check out Paula's website.
February 27, 2008 Dear Supporters of Safe Environments for Children, Although I had been an educator since 1980, I was totally unprepared for what I saw at the school where I had just begun work. The date was September 11, 2006. The place was Georgia. The behavior I witnessed was the yanking, grabbing, smacking and general manhandling of students by teachers. I was horrified. This certainly was not the kind of thing for which I had trained. Nor could I stand by idly, do nothing and say nothing. That event propelled me to launch a campaign called, "The Hitting Stops Here!" to have school corporal punishment banned wherever it is still legal and practiced in the US. I recently learned of a school child in North Carolina who needed medical attention following a paddling by his teacher. My plan is to go, accompanied by colleagues and supporters, to campaign at the school where this youngster was abused, and then to another nearby school where the teacher who abused him has taken a new position as vice-principal. I believe the time is long overdue for the banning of child beating in the schools. Exposing our most vulnerable citizens -- our children - to such treatment is unacceptable to me as a professional educator, as a parent and as a human being. Can you join us at the schools on Monday, March 17, Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19? We plan to challenge the administrators and teachers in these schools to get rid of their child-beating weapons and to adopt proven positive management practices that befit the 21st Century. Please visit my website at www.thehittingstopshere.com. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Let's talk and make plans. Sincerely, Paula Flowe