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Bans on spanking creates peace.

  • 1.  Bans on spanking creates peace.

    Posted 22 days ago

    I wonder what the impacts would be in the US where we seem to be so very much in love with punitive consequences.

    "Countries that ban the smacking of children appear to be safer for young people to grow up in, according to research revealing that fighting between youths – particularly females – is less common where corporal punishment has been outlawed.

    Experts say the study adds to a growing body of evidence that punishing children by smacking, slapping or spanking them can lead to later harm. The research has led to renewed calls for policymakers to ban such practices in both schools and the home.

    "The association with academic problems and mental health problems and so on among those kids that have this experience in early life, that is pretty well established," said Dr Frank Elgar, co-author of the research from McGill University in Canada. "Our question was about policy."

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/15/countries-where-smacking-children-is-banned-are-safer-to-grow-up-in



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    Lark Sontag
    Halcyon Park NJ
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  • 2.  RE: Bans on spanking creates peace.

    Posted 21 days ago
    Most of the U.S. States have rules or laws banning corporal punishment in schools and child care programs, partly for the reasons you state.  Getting wider coverage for these rules is often a struggle, because of groups who interpret "spare the rod and spoil the child" as a Biblical instruction.  As with climate change on a larger scale, the science to which you refer is often disbelieved by these people.

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    John Surr
    Peace Educators Interest Forum
    Charlottesvle VA
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  • 3.  RE: Bans on spanking creates peace.

    Posted 21 days ago

    Thank you for engaging in this important conversation. 

    Spanking should be banned at home, but something I found shocking. That 19 schools allow for corporal punishment. 

    Here is an excerpt from a paper I wrote:

    Corporal punishment in school is allowed  in 19 states and it disproportionately impacts Black children.  According to 2011-2012 data from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights reported in the Huffington Post article "Black Children Are More Likely To Get Hit By School Teachers,"  in certain areas that allow corporal punishment Black children were found 500% more likely to get hit than white children.

    But I would like to stress that across racial groups the US punishes children more at home as well as at schools. 



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    Lark Sontag
    Halcyon Park NJ
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  • 4.  RE: Bans on spanking creates peace.

    Posted 20 days ago
    Hello, you stated "corporal punishment"!? Please explain to me your definition on corporal punishment?  As I have recalled what the true definition of corporal punishment was harsh flogging to the body such as the child being caned, waterboarding, lashes from rods and/or whips. Such things that is to do the body bodily harm indenting bruise and/or life suffering damages.  What is harsh for spanking?

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    Ms. Tamara L Red
    Owner / Provider
    Unlimited Red Expressions Licensed Home Daycare
    Danville Illinois
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  • 5.  RE: Bans on spanking creates peace.

    Posted 20 days ago
    Tamara:  A definition from uslegal.com: 'Corporal punishment is infliction of physical punishment on a person's body, which is sometimes employed in various settings, such as school, home, military, judicial, and other settings. Corporal punishment goes by a variety of names including, but not limited to, "beating," "hitting," "spanking," "paddling," "swatting," and "caning."'  So it can be more severe or less severe.

    Spanking children doesn't teach them self-regulation, where they learn how to have and handle big emotions and act appropriately when they feel upset.  It doesn't help them to grow their executive functioning, which is necessary to grow self-regulation.  It causes trauma and shame.  It might stop certain behaviors for a time, but the anger and fear that it causes go underground, until they surface in perhaps a more damaging way.  And Lark 
    pointed out that the implementation of corporal punishment is so often fueled by bias and disproportionately affects Black children.  We can do better.

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    Aren Stone
    Child Development Specialist
    The Early Years Project
    Cambridge, MA
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  • 6.  RE: Bans on spanking creates peace.

    Posted 17 days ago
    Mrs. Aren Stone, I understand that it must looks like "Blacks" are the core with spanking or like must of you indicate corporal punishement. Yet I am taking care of 4 children who are Caucasian that has been physically "corporal punishment" as well mentally "corporal Punishment."  Let's use children to reflect on ALL children not just a race nation. I am African Haitian native legally born American that do not "corporpal punish" my children, yet in my upbringing our spankings corrected our growing behavior.  I have no anger, I am not angry, I grew up in a loving home as well environment, and have 2 businesses and well rounded education.  So let's not just submit  "Blacks" to this subject.  There is a rainbow of children dealing with "corporal punishment" as the subject states.

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    Ms. Tamara L Red
    Owner / Provider
    Unlimited Red Expressions Licensed Home Daycare
    Danville Illinois
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  • 7.  RE: Bans on spanking creates peace.

    Posted 17 days ago
    I had re read Stone post, Lark "And Lark pointed out that the implementation of corporal punishment is so often fueled by bias and disproportionately affects Black children."  Hmmmmm!

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    Ms. Tamara L Red
    Owner / Provider
    Unlimited Red Expressions Licensed Home Daycare
    Danville Illinois
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  • 8.  RE: Bans on spanking creates peace.

    Posted 19 days ago
    Spanking children, hitting them or employing corporal punishment of any sort is an absolute no no in early childhood education. Children who are ill treated by their teachers or principals, children who are regularly punished, flanked or hit by parents or educators, suffer emotional and mental setbacks and remain depressed. This robs them of their desire to learn, gain knowledge or participate in classroom or school activities. Thus, when parents and educators beat children or employ spanking they hurt the sentiments of the children or students. Under no circumstances should any educator or parent inflict harm to children. When educators, teachers, parents and principals punish children and students, have they exhibit savage tendencies or animal like behavior.

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    Dipanwita Ray, M.Ed.
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