Hitting, spanking, paddling, whatever you call it, the Education Secretary is calling on schools to eliminate all forms of corporal punishment.

FOX's Malini Wilkes reports from Washington:

Corporal punishment is harmful, ineffective and disproportionately applied to boys, children of color and kids with disabilities.

That's what Education Secretary John King says in a letter to governors and school leaders. He's urging them to stop using physical force and switch to positive methods of addressing behavior.

22 states allow corporal punishment in schools. King says it may be a tradition in some places, but it has no place in a modern nation that promotes human rights.

In Washington, Malini Wilkes, FOX News.