The U.S. Alliance brings together individuals, groups, and organizations to create a unified voice calling for, and working toward, the end of all forms of physical and emotional punishment against children, especially in schools and homes.
The Alliance, through education and legal means, seeks to end all social justifications and legal authorizations of corporal punishment. Achieving these goals will give children the same protection from this sort of physical violence as is already enjoyed by adults under state and federal law.
The US Secretary of Education John King, Jr., released a statement on November 22, 1016 addressed to governors and state education administrators calling on them to end corporal punishment in schools! This momentous event is accompanied by the National Women’s Law Center publishing an open letter calling for the end of corporal punishment in schools.
Across the U.S. and around the world, there are individuals and groups committed to ending corporal punishment of children. In the U.S., campaigns to end the practice began as early as the 1820s. More recently, the Center for Effective Discipline in 1987 began addressing the problem and coordinated the efforts of the National Coalition to Abolish Corporal Punishment in Schools (NCACPS) and End Physical Punishment of Children (EPOCH-USA). Other groups in the U.S. currently active to end the practice such as Parents and Teachers against Violence in Education (PTAVE), StopSpanking.org, NeverHitaChild.org, People Opposed to Paddling Students (POPS), and The Hitting Stops Here.