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  • Jason

    With corporal punishment, the effectiveness is determined the immediacy, consistency, and magnitude of the spank. Let the child know the rules beforehand, spank hard but not abusively, and do it every time the unwanted behavior happens. Doing that is difficult and usually fails in most settings.

    September 23

    • Jason

      The possible negative consequences are as follows: 1) modeling the aggression, such as children spanking other children to control them; 2) a general increase in aggressive behaviors of all kinds; 3) emotional responses, such as crying, anxiety, and so forth; 4) the children attempting to avoid or escape the spank that makes monitoring and consistency difficult; 5) spankers often don't focus on teaching new posistive behaviors 6) the spanking (or threat of) often must continue indefinitely to prevent the bad behavior; 7) adults sometimes overuse the spanking for many things or refuse to use it so the child doesn't consistently get punished; 8) the child habituates to the force of the spanking so the force may have to be increased over time to have an impact on the bad behavior...those are the main negative side effects cited in the literature.

      1 · September 23

    • Jerry

      Makes a lot of sense.

      September 23

  • Jerry

    Spanking isn't child abuse; it's common sense - CNN.com

    "Fear is essential to respect. Children won't do what we tell them to do, unless -- at some level -- they fear the consequences that will come from not doing it. Punishment isn't a bad word. It's a life lesson. It's the way the world works, and, as parents, it's our job to prepare our kids to enter a world where they learn bad behavior has consequences.
    Too many parents today are falling down on the job. The problem isn't that too many kids get spanked. It's that some kids who need a spanking might never get one."

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/18/opinion/navarrette-spanking-kids/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

    September 19

    • Jason

      The author assumes that the systematic or common use of corporal punishment reduces behavior problems. The research and case studies illustrate--as you read in the other articles--that it doesn't reduce problem behaviors. If the author's assumption or hypothesis is accurate, African-Americans should have the best behaved, least aggressive children with the most respect for authority compared to many other American subgroups.

      September 20

    • Adam 'Frezno' F.

      "Fear is essential to respect." I call BS. Surely we can all conjure examples of people we respect but do not fear, as well as people we might fear but do not respect.

      1 · September 22

    • Molly

      I am with Sarah on this....

      1 · September 21

    • Adam 'Frezno' F.

      Yeah, I'm certainly not whole-heartedly endorsing the author's conclusions. But she's certainly got a unique perspective.

      But this paragraph really did resonate with me: "Corporal punishment has always existed, of course, and people have been turning out 'fine' (or not fine, frankly, given our history of war, genocide, torture, and violence) forever. But if literature is any evidence, it was only in the past few centuries that people began to ritualistically strike the buttocks. Before that, we didn’t euphemize childhood beatings by isolating them to one specific body part."

      September 22

    • Molly

      We need more Chris Carters!!

      1 · September 21

  • Jason

    REAL LIFE EXAMPLE OF CORPIAL PUNISHMENT: After this teacher used corporial punishment in a school to punish and contain a student who both attacked another student and then the teacher, should this teacher be fired and possibly face criminal charges for using judo on a minor? Now what if this school had a ban on all corporal punishment and manual restraint procedures? Some argue this teacher should go to jail while others argue that he did what he needed to do. Teacher Judo Slams Student Who Attacks Him When H…: http://youtu.be/fVNEmTukoAY

    September 20

    • Sarah

      The findings that article mentions mesh pretty well with my childhood experiences.

      September 20

  • Molly

    **Note the new location for this week: Pyro's Fire Fresh Pizza on Union**

    1 · September 19

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