The American Academy of Pediatrics wants us to quit hitting children.  For a punishment oriented society, this will be no easy task.

Would full prisons, capital punishment and 80% recidivism in our adult punishment systems be impacted if children were no longer disciplines with fists, swats, belts and sticks?

This from NPR & Goats and Soda

54 nations have banned spanking.  Sweden in 1979 & 53 other nations since then.

The rates of fighting among adolescents were substantially lower than in the 20 countries with no bans in place: by 69 percent for adolescent males and 42 percent less for females”  Statistics like this are meaningful and we should want more of them.

The data on fighting came from the World Health Organization’s Health Behavior in School-aged Children study and Global School-based health survey.

In 2016, Gershoff and a colleague conducted a meta-analysis of 50 years of research on spanking, encompassing about 160,000 children.

“The findings were consistently negative, she said. Although spanking is traditionally supposed to teach a lesson to correct bad behavior, children who were spanked were neither more compliant nor better behaved.”

Americans beat their children at home and at school.  The punishment model in our nation is well established. 80% of school beatings take place in Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee and Oklahoma. 

The U.S. has the worst record of child abuse in the industrialized world –

the punishment model is not working.

Share this with your networks (maybe it will find its way to a Southern state)

All Adults Are the Protectors of All Children

Hitting a child is traumatizing to the child.

Traumatized children impact our schools, courts, public health & public safety in ways people cannot possibly understand. For if we did, we would care a great deal more for at risk children & their families.

Traumatized children too often become dysfunctional traumatized adults filling our prisons & jails, jeopardizing public safety & are a huge cost to public & community health.

Injuring a child is “injuring a child”.

All Adults Are The Protectors of All Children 

The U.S. is the only nation in the world (204 other countries have) signed the International Child Rights Treaty, leaving children  in our nation with the same rights that women had in 1917 – they are legally chattel (like furniture).

 

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