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Corporal Punishment

What Communities Are More Likely to Embrace Corporal Punishment? Let's Look at the Data

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

On September 21, 2014, we sent a public records request to the Louisiana Department of Education, requesting the number of school corporal punishment incidents for the 2011-2014 school years. On October 29, 2014, we received the data. It was revealing.

Parents, Don't Discipline Angry

Judge Glenda Hatchett | Posted 11.04.2014 | Black Voices
Judge Glenda Hatchett

With the December 1 trial date tentatively set for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for charges of reckless or negligent injury towards his 4-year-old son when he whipped him with a switch last May, child discipline will again be part of the national conversation. When does punishment go too far?

James Dobson: Beat Your Dog, Spank Your Kid, Go to Heaven

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Barbara Falconer Newhall

It was a childrearing book. It sat on a bookshelf in our house for months until I couldn't stand the sight of it any more. Finally I got rid of it.

WATCH: Starz Series Addresses Controversial Topic

Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices

The debate surrounding corporal punishment has provided an assortment of distinct thoughts and perspectives following news of Adrian Peterson’s chil...

When it Comes to Corporal Punishment, Just Don't Do It

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

Desired behaviors are more likely to be learned by kids as worthwhile in their own right, not adopted under threat of harm.

Spanking, Whooping, Beating: It's All Hitting

Elizabeth T. Gershoff | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth T. Gershoff

It is time to flip the adage on its head to say, "I turned out OK -- not because I was spanked, but in spite of it." Current and future generations of parents can break the cycle and raise confident, well-behaved children without hitting them.

It's Never OK

Michele Reiner | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Michele Reiner

Last week NFL player Adrian Peterson turned himself in on charges of child abuse after a session of disciplining his 4-year-old son left cuts, welts and bruises on the boy's body. The gruesome incident sparked a national debate about whether or not it's ever OK for a parent to hit a child. Research shows the answer is a resounding "No!"

Our Mindset About Disciplining Children Must Change

Kelsey Minor | Posted 11.23.2014 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

Our mindset must change on discipline and the manner in which our children are disciplined when behaving badly.

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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 10.22.2014 | 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 10.20.2014 | 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...