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Corporal Punishment

What The Black Community Has To Say About Corporal Punishment

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 09.20.2014 | Black Voices

The recent accusations of child abuse against NFL player Adrian Peterson, and his subsequent suspension from the Minnesota Vikings, have touched off a...

'That's What My Parents Did' Is Not a Valid Parenting Plan

Jen Singer | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Jen Singer

Hitting a child is never reasonable. It's abuse. And it's time our country stops doing what its parents did, because a country that thinks it's okay to smack, spank, slap, and whoop its kids maybe didn't turn out all that fine after all.

Spanking Would Be Easier

John Kinnear | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
John Kinnear

Without arbitrary consequences for their defiance, I guess we're going to have to teach them the actual reasons why they should listen to our instructions. This presents two challenges. We're going to need good reasons, and somehow we have to get them to believe us.

Black Children Are Beloved and Beaten

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Irene Monroe

Parenting is hard, and trying to figure the appropriate punishment gains nothing with the force of violence. Especially because it was done in the days of slavery, and in spite of the fact that it was done to us as children, it needs to stop.

Emily Swanson

Even Supporters Of Spanking Think What Adrian Peterson Did Should Be Illegal

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents

The vast majority of Americans think what NFL running back Adrian Peterson allegedly did to his 4-year-old son -- a spanking that left bruises and bre...

Spare the Rod: Save the Child

Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D.

Resorting to corporal punishment means that the adult uses dominance, power and violence to try to control the child. And, far from teaching the child how to behave, how to right the wrong that upset the parent in the first place, it leaves the child angry, upset and in pain. Nothing is learned and so much is lost.

No, Charles Barkley, Spanking Kids Isn't A Black Thing

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.18.2014 | Black Voices

No, Charles Barkley, spanking kids isn’t a black or southern thing. After Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was charged with “reck...

In Some Countries, It's Illegal To Hit Your Child. The U.S. Is Not One Of Them.

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted in a child injury case last week after reportedly using a small tree branch to hit his 4-y...

Corporal Punishment: The Monster That Won't Leave Us

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 08.22.2014 | World
Devishobha Ramanan

Schools have the potential to break the patterns of violence by giving children, their parents and communities the knowledge and skills to communicate, negotiate and resolve conflicts in more constructive ways. Losing this great opportunity could cripple the entire human race.

In Zimbabwe, Corporal Punishment Is the Preferred Tool for Shaping Children's Behavior

Miriam Mufaro | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Miriam Mufaro

As a mischievous child, being beaten up by parents and relatives for various misdemeanors became normal. I simply thought nothing of it; I did not think there was anything wrong with it.

Why One First-Grader Had To Sit On The Floor For Weeks While Her Classmates Used Desks

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.31.2014 | Parents

A Texas mother wants to get her son and daughter transferred out of their school after she learned that her daughter was made to sit on a classroom fl...

Abuse Against Disabled Children -- Courts Allow It

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Some people support corporal punishment in schools. These people think physical discipline is the only discipline that works on some children. However, virtually everyone can agree physical discipline should not be used against disabled children.

Abuse Allegations Still Plague Religious Homes for Troubled Teens

Maurice Chammah | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Maurice Chammah

Though attitudes about appropriate disciplinary practices for children have certainly shifted over the last decade and a half, the debate on them is hardly closed.

School District Decides To Stop Hitting Students... But Not For The Reason You Might Think

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents

A Florida school district that has long subjected misbehaving students to corporal punishment recently announced it would be suspending the practice a...

Jon Stewart Rips Kansas Rep's Child-Beating Bill

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.21.2014 | Comedy

Not much surprises Jon Stewart when it comes to politicians, but a new bill proposed by a Kansas representative that would allow people to legally hit...

Kansas Bill Would Allow For More Spanking In Schools

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. Editor's note: This update was posted Feb. 20 at 12:15 p.m.: Ka...

The 9 States Where The Most Kids Get Spanked In School

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

The controversial practice of corporal punishment in schools is still very much alive and kicking in the United States. In September, an Alabama mo...

Rebecca Klein

Outraged Parents Say School Not Budging On Corporal Punishment Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.11.2013 | Parents

Wendy Chandler, the Alabama mother who spoke out after receiving a “Corporal Punishment Parental Consent Form” from her daughter’s school, is no...

The Power of Indian Public Opinion

Uzra Khan | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
Uzra Khan

Friday 13, 2013 was a big day in Indian news; possibly one of the biggest of the year so far. The men responsible for last year's gang rape were issued the death sentence, and the controversial Modi was officially crowned candidate for Prime Minister.

Would You Be Outraged If You Received This Permission Slip?

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.20.2013 | Parents

When Wendy Chandler received a back-to-school packet from her daughter’s Alabama elementary school in late August, she thought there had been a mist...

Demon Rum: Alcohol May Release Aggression in Religious Individuals

David Briggs | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

Mixing religion and alcohol may be dangerous to other people's health. A new study revealed that religious folks who were not under the influence were the most likely to turn the other cheek, while religious individuals who were intoxicated were the most likely to display aggression.

How Humans and Dogs Can Learn -- and Suffer -- From the Use of Negative Reinforcement

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 04.05.2013 | New York
Anna Jane Grossman

I've written a good deal on about some of the problems involved with using shock collars in animal training, mostly to stop behaviors. But an even worse application of this form of training is sing the shock to elicit desired behaviors.

John Celock

Republican Promotes 'Humane' Whipping

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

The Republican state legislator in Montana who is pushing a bill that would allow criminals to choose corporal punishment over jail said he is doing s...

Montana Republican Pushes Draconian Law

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican state legislator in Montana, who once asked to be paid in gold coins, has introduced legislation that would allow convicted...

A Thanksgiving Prayer to Stand for Children and Our Nation's Future

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The greatest threat to our national security comes from our indefensible and foolish neglect of our children today, which will be the seeds of our nation's undoing if we do not act with urgency. As we give thanks, let's also stand for children who need our voice.