Education: The Beaten Generation

Because he came back after school for a drink of water and ignored a teacher who tried to stop him, Roderick Oliver, 16, was struck so hard that he claims that he was knocked unconscious at Sarah Zumwalt Junior High in Dallas. Another black student, Douglas Ware, 17, was whacked more than a dozen times by his coach at Sunset High for being late to gym class, failing to bring his sneakers and other misdemeanors. Oliver and Ware were only two of 5,358 cases of corporal punishment reported by Dallas school officials in 1971. This year they estimate that there may...

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