"The neutrality of this article is disputed!"
As a testament to the controversy surrounding the issue of corporal punishment, a large banner at the top of this Wikipedia site explains that its content has been deemed "unobjective" and is currently under review. I personally found the site to be very informative, and it contains a wealth of information about the history and current practices of corporal punishment. You will also find links to other resources on the topic, some of which will be included here.Did you know that "National Spank Out" day is April 30?http://www.stophitting.com/disatschool/facts.php
This site is dedicated, obviously, to the anti-spanking side of the debate. You will find information about states that have already banned corporal punishment in schools and a host of links to relevant data about the issue, including editorials, arguments against CP in schools, and current legislation. The site itself contains a plethora of information, but the design and layout is somewhat utilitarian and bland."Corporal punishment is abuse no matter what you call it."http://privateschool.about.com/cs/forteachers/a/beating.htm
This article by Robert Kennedy, a self-proclaimed passionate advocate for private education, presents an argument against the use of CP in schools. He also provides a list of professional associations that have taken official positions against CP, including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.http://www.religioustolerance.org/spankin3.htm
This site, put together by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance, summarizes the various pro-spanking positions held by different religious groups. The site presents the information within the context of the Biblical passages often cited by these groups in arguing their positions. The site itself is interesting to explore; it contains information about many religious faiths, including Hinduism, Islam, Daoism, and even Wicca.http://people.biola.edu/faculty/paulp/
This site claims to be a resource for critiques on anti-spanking research. The man behind the critiques, Dr. Robert E. Larzelere, is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The site provides links to various critiques that Dr. Larzelere has constructed about current anti-spanking studies. An interesting link on the site takes you to the Larzelere/Straus debate, in which the two academics argue their respective positions using empirical data: http://people.biola.edu/faculty/paulp/debate.html
In another article (see link to the AP story about study results), Dr. Larzelere does express his concern over spanking that is too frequent or too harsh.http://www.corpun.com/
When I saw that this site represented the "World Corporal Punishment" organization, I anticipated finding a large accumulation of professional research and data on the arguments both for and against the use of corporal punishment. When I arrived at the site, though, I was distracted by the grizzly photos of corporal punishment being administered in various iterations in different countries. (There are videos, too, if you are so inclined. I did not want to download them to my computer.) The site does, however, serve as a portal to information on CP, providing an endless supply of links about CP, its history, CP practices in various countries, legislation, books, and even a "Topics A-Z" section. Overall, this link is a solid source of information about CP around the globe.http://www.vachss.com/help_text/corporal_punishment.html
Although this site is entitled "Corporal Punishment Resources," it seems to focus on resources on the anti-spanking side of the debate. You will find a list of interesting articles that have appeared in the media recently, commentary and editorials, and organizations/agencies devoted to non spanking-oriented disciplinary practices.Tennesseans for Nonviolent School Discipline
An interesting and action-oriented site aimed at reducing the incidence of CP in school systems and exploring effective, nonviolent alternatives. Check out the table about halfway down the home page entitled "10 worst states by percentage of students struck by educators;" Oklahoma comes in at number 5 (3% of students struck by educators).