It turns out that in many parts of the United States, corporal punishment is still standard operating procedure. A joint Human Rights Watch and ACLU report finds that nearly a quarter of a million students were paddled or spanked last year. Adding insult to injury, black students and special education students received a disproportionate share of the punishment. The Takeaway explores what this says about the American school system and the culture that perpetuates these modes of discipline.
Guests: Alice Farmer, Aryeh Neier fellow at Human Rights Watch, author of a joint report from Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union, and Evan Couzo, who taught middle school in the Mississippi Delta for three years.