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This interpretation of the scriptures, however, has been under attack as a result of overzealous spanking or flogging of children, which is seen as nothing more than child abuse.

To date Europe, Canada, Briton, and Asia has banned corporal punishment. Going back to 2003, some 28 States in The U.S had banned corporal punishment in schools. Those remaining are mainly in the southern states.


Parents, despite their best convictions can face criminal prosecution, for what they might consider the best discipline for their kids.

Corporal Punishment and Children : Does it Work?

January 1, 2007 Commentary Archives

Does corporal punishment work? A plethora of Psychologist and children's organizations say no. We are all familiar with the expression "Spare the rod and spoil the child." This biblical passage has been interpreted by many religious organizations, churches, and parents to suggest that a good spanking is necessary for the proper rearing of children. After all, it say so in the Bible.

Some sees the administering of corporal punishment as retribution, frustration letting by adults, and among other things, corporal punishment has been linked to a kind of sexual perversion.

There're two main facets to corporal punishment: a form of punishment in the school and in the home, and a form of punishment for committing crime. Our focused here is on children at school and in the home.

Corporal Punishment in Schools
Some scholars say that in Proverbs 13-24, "Spare the rod  and spoil the child." The word "rod," was translated from the Hebrew word "Shebet," which refers to the "authority of God" not corporal punishment.

Advocates of banning corporal punishment point to statistics. These numbers show that between one and two thousand children die every year from corporal punishment, 142,000 are seriously injured, and 1800 are permanently disabled.

In the face of these numbers, it's hard for the advocates of corporal punishment to make a case that it has any disciplinary benefit.

As a matter of fact they're drowned out by the preponderance of notable organizations that opposes it.

Public Opinion
Despite this trend in outlawing of corporal punishment. Public opinion in the U.S is split on the issue by a 49 to 46 percent in favor of corporal punishment.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics "Corporal punishment is of limited effectiveness and has potentially deleterious side effects."

It is believed that corporal punishment is ineffective. Because usually it is handed out to repeat offenders.

There's the belief that while the practice may produce short-term results. In the long-term it increases the probability of violence, resentment, and a desire to strike back. But it does not, in their opinion, teach a child appropriate behavior.

There're those who believe children that are spanked have, lower I.Q and grow up to be domestic abusers. It has even been suggested by a German psychologist that sadism and machosim develops from spanking of children. Sigmund Freud debunked this notion.

Corporal Punishment in the Caribbean
In Barbados like much of the Caribbean, with some exceptions. (Trinidad and Tobago banned corporal punishment in 2000). Corporal punishment in schools and in the home is legal.Parents, teacher, or lawful guardian of a child has the right under Barbadian law to administer corporal punishment. In schools and the home.

However, there're specific previsions for administering corporal punishment. It must be carried out by the head-teacher, or other authorized teachers. The punishment must be "moderate and reasonable using a proper instrument."

Does Corporal punishment work
A survey of company CEOs found that while most say that spanking didn't play a role in their success. Spanking taught them valuable life lessons.
Growing up in Barbados "Spare the rod and spoil the child" are the words I often heard (coming from the mouth of my parents) right before the sting of the strap.In school the head teacher would administer about three lashes with a leather strap, from a face-to-face position to your back. In some cases to the palm of the hand.

Towards a Passive Johnny
"...this is going to hurt me more than it will you." The loving application of corporal punishment by parents have vanished. Amidst the ugly numbers of violence against children, by vindictive parents, teachers, and religious organization. Trying to beat the devil out of them.

The way we punish kids for infractions today, they're not likely to remember what they were punished for. Certainly, corporal punishment is not the only way to discipline a child, but measure for measure, it sinks in. We can all attest to the fact that there's is no punishment like that, that is predictable, swift, and unrelenting.

They will remember the sting of the strap, and its association. Isn't this the purpose of discipline?

I suppose this conditioning of the mind is what much of the fuss is about. Coming from those who oppose any notion that there's benefit to corporal punishment.

They have declared a war of passivity against Johnny, against teaching our male kids strength of character. Some where in all of this we've forgotten the importance of instilling a healthy fear of God and respect for authority in our children.

Are the much touted alternative forms of punishment really working? Look at what's going on in our schools. It is the teachers that are afraid of the students and the parents that have lost control of their children. Something isn't working.

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