In October 2023, New York became the fourth US state to outlaw corporal punishment in private schools. Corporal punishment is still allowed in public schools in 17 states, subjecting 70,000 students per year. The NY ban brought renewed attention to a practice considered to be archaic by many and troubling to mental health professionals. Studies have repeatedly shown that physical discipline does not improve behavior and can lead to emotional and academic problems over time. There are effective alternatives.