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."
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.