Government education adviser says corporal punishment can be ‘very effective’

9News 16 July 2014
The head of the Abbott government’s curriculum review has labelled corporal punishment as “very effective” in a discussion on school discipline.

Dr Kevin Donnelly said he’s in favour of corporal punishment for ill-disciplined Australian children such as use of the cane, if supported by the local school community.

Speaking on 2UE radio, the widely publish commentator on educational issues and director of the Education Standards Institute said the method was effective during his childhood and still has some merit.

“There are one or two schools around Australia that I know where it actually is approved of and they do do it,” Dr Donnelly said.

He said putting children in “time-out zones” doesn’t work.

His comments follow the release of a report on a record number of students being suspended from NSW schools.