Paula Flowe, a native New Yorker, has been an educator
since 1980, completing her B.A. at Brooklyn College and M.
Ed. at the University of Hawaii. She has primarily taught in
Special Education and Resource Programs on the elementary
and secondary grade levels in New York, Hawaii, Florida, Los
Angeles, and San Jose, CA. Paula has instructed Guidance
Reading and Writing Strategies classes at San Jose City
College for students having autism and other specific needs.
Paula directs cultural presentations annually, and participates
in dance performances with her students. She is the parent
of one daughter, Nia, who is pursuing a college degree.
In a national organization called, The Hitting Stops Here!,
founded and directed by Paula, its primary objective is to
have the government place a ban on school corporal
punishment. This practice of beating students with wooden
boards on their buttocks is a violation of their 14th
amendment EQUAL protection right. The Hitting Stops Here!
wants to see this scientifically proven harmful practice
replaced with effective positive discipline models that produce
independent thinkers, problem-solvers and leaders.
Paula has received a small number of donations for this cause from
a handful of people but has primarily used her personal finances to
meet the needs of this work and to fund 16 trips. She has
campaigned in several states including Georgia, North Carolina,
Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Washington DC.
Paula believes that school abuse remains a tightly held dark secret
by our government because the common profile of abused school
children are those found at the bottom of the American caste
system (Black Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, students
having special needs and those who are “openly” gay). She
quoted Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey who termed this practice in
American schools as, “…legalized child abuse.” May 2009.
“I would have been so inclined to start a campaign called, The
Lynching Stops Here! during that dark era of American history,
joining W. E. B. DuBois,” says Paula. “He went to President Franklin
D. Roosevelt requesting that our Black American men and women
be extended their 14th amendment right for protection from
lynchings. In our quest to protect US citizens from blatant injustice,
Mr. DuBois and I have this much in common--governing officials
have responded to us in like manner, ‘You do something about it!’”
Through research, Paula learned that, reportedly, more than 2000
American school children are beaten by teachers and principals
each school day and that reporting is not mandatory.
The Hitting Stops Here! needs your help in bringing this dark
chapter of American history to a close. Please contact The Hitting
Stops Here! by email or you may fill out a Volunteer form.
The Hitting Stops Here!
A campaign for teaching kindness and respect in schools
everywhere. email@example.com 408.509.6835
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Alice Miller (12 January 1923, Lwow, Poland – 14 April 2010,
Saint-Rémy de Provence, France) was a psychologist and world
renowned author of Jewish descent, who is noted for her
books on child abuse, translated in several languages. In her
books she departed from psychoanalysis charging it with being
similar to the poisonous pedagogies, which she described in For
Your Own Good
Child Mistreatment, Child Abuse
What is it?
Humiliations, spankings and beatings, slaps in the face, betrayal,
sexual exploitation, derision, neglect, etc. are all forms of
mistreatment, because they injure the integrity and dignity of a
child, even if their consequences are not visible right away.
However, as adults, most abused children will suffer, and let
others suffer, from these injuries. This dynamic of violence can
deform some victims into hangmen who take revenge even on
whole nations and become willing executors to dictators as
unutterably appalling as Hitler and other cruel leaders. Beaten
children very early on assimilate the violence they endured,
which they may glorify and apply later as parents, in believing
that they deserved the punishment and were beaten out of love.
They don't know that the only reason for the punishments they
have ( or in retrospect, had) to endure is the fact that their
parents themselves endured and learned violence without being
able to question it. Later, the adults, once abused children, beat
their own children and often feel grateful to their parents who
mistreated them when they were small and defenseless.
This is why society's ignorance remains so immovable and
parents continue to produce severe pain and destructivity - in all
"good will", in every generation. Most people tolerate this blindly
because the origins of human violence in childhood have been
and are still being ignored worldwide. Almost all small children
are smacked during the first three years of life when they begin
to walk and to touch objects which may not be touched. This
happens at exactly the time when the human brain builds up its
structure and should thus learn kindness, truthfulness, and love
but never, never cruelty and lies. Fortunately, there are many
mistreated children who find "helping witnesses" and can feel
loved by them.
Paula Flowe, Executive Director
The Hitting Stops Here! California
Jordan Riak, Executive Director
Parents and Teachers Against
Violence in Education California
Alice Miller, World Renowned Author
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