Stop Every Kid-Hitter You Can: Teach ‘Em a Lesson!

29 04 2007

. . .and a good place to start might be to stop calling kid-hitting any kind of love or learning, and to object when others do.

Tomorrow–Monday April 30–is SpankOut 2007 and for once, this is a Snook post that Thinking Parents needn’t give much thought. It’s the Unthinking Parents, those too deeply in thrall with traditional church and school teachings, who need to start thinking. What they need to think about is how they teach all the wrong lessons by hitting — even in the exalted name of education or eternal life, much less from simple ignorance, habit or lack of a better idea.If you know any such folks, please apply any or all of these implements where they can do the most good (and don’t let up until they learn a good lesson!)

Discipline at School: National Coalition to Abolish Corporal Punishment in Schools

Religion and Discipline: Spare the Rod…Spoil the Child?

Discipline at Home: The Kindness to Children Index (by State)

As the Stophitting homepage reminds us, good old Dr. Spock WAS ahead of his time:

If we are ever to turn toward a kindlier society and a safer world, a revulsion against the physical punishment of children would be a good place to start.

– Dr. Benjamin Spock





College Name Game “Major Act of Irrationality”

29 04 2007

Snook already brought you this and this.

And JJ at Culture Kitchen was on the case last summer:

. . . here’s the blue-book exam question for our class today: If America gives a private party — or an obscenely overpriced, elite, self-congratulatory and rarified college education — and nobody comes to eat the cake, will it make a sound as it falls over of its own impressive age and weight?

Not to mention Poison Ivy commentary and the peculiar faith in winter sports as academic excellence that apparently animates Ivy admissions. Now, here’s more in our ongoing honors seminar for Thinking Parents about what is so Unthinking these days about the good intentions that pave the hellish road to academe. . .by any name. (This time it’s Yale, last time it was Harvard and Princeton.)

“Rethinking the Path to Prestige”
By PETER APPLEBOME
Sunday New York Times, April 29, 2007

. . .high school counselors and admissions experts who aren’t invested in the game say there really is a backlash building against the notions that a college’s ranking or status is a proxy for educational quality, and that teenagers should spend their high school years in a frenzy of résumé building, the better to get into the college most esteemed by guidebook editors and readers. . .
where “prestige and reputation tend to depend on how many students you reject.” Read the rest of this entry »