Corporal punishment of children.
(Spanking) -- All points of view
Two contrasting quotations:
|"Regardless of governmental laws, God's law
states that spanking is necessary for the proper development of a child."
La Vista Church of Christ, Omaha NE. 5|
||"Join other activists in a demonstration
at the U.S. Capitol Building for the immediate banning of assault and battery
with a dangerous weapon, also known as 'corporal punishment,' in U.S. Public
Schools." An invitation by "Parents and Teachers Against Violence in
The stakes over spanking children are extremely high:
The trend in the United States for the past two decades has been to
corporal punishment (spanking) in favor of increased use of alternate discipline methods -- e.g.
logical consequences, natural consequences, time-outs, or withdraw of privileges.
If this trend continues, and:
|If corporal punishment advocates are correct, then the abandonment
of spanking will significantly increase violence and criminal activity
among the next generation of adults. Society will become more violent.
More people will be victimized. We will have to build additional jails to hold
all of the criminals.|
|If corporal punishment opponents are correct, then the abandonment
of spanking will greatly decrease youth rage and criminal activity among
both teens and adults. Over the longer term, levels of clinical depression,
clinical anxiety, alcohol and other drug addiction among adults will also decrease.|
Unfortunately, neither side in the conflict trusts each other's studies and
data. Also, there appears to be little or no dialogue happening between the two sides. So we are probably going to have to sit back and simply observe the
long-term effects of the reduction in corporal punishment.
This brings to mind the famous Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- "Is spanking a thirteen year old child illegal?," La Vista Church
of Christ, at: http://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/
- "Announcement," 21 to Go!, at: http://www.thehittingstopshere.com/
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Latest update: 2014-APR-28
Author: B.A. Robinson