. . .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