Case Against Spanking 'And Spare The Rod, Spoil The Child'

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Spare The Child, He’s learning
Growing up in a household of 15, 10 being children under 14, there wasn’t enough time and space for timeouts and physical punishment just wasn’t effective for each different child. ‘A Case Against Spanking’ by Brendan Smith and ‘Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child’ by Leonard Pitts, are two articles expressing their different views on corporal punishment. Even though physical punishment is an immortal disagreement, ‘The Case Against Spanking’, gave efficient evidence and strongly address opposing views to support no physical punishment. My grandmother enforced spanking like it was in the bible. Later I found that it was an actual scripture. ‘Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child’ is an article that supports physical punishment.
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This article states that physical punishment can lead to an increase in aggression and mental health problems. “It’s a very controversial area even though the research is extremely telling and very clear and consistent about the negative effects on children,” says Sandra Graham-Bermann, PhD, a psychology professor and principal investigator for the Child Violence and Trauma Laboratory at the University of Michigan. 30 countries have already banned all physical punishment. This law is used also to educate parents of other effective ways to discipline children. With plenty of ethos support, Smith stated, “There are indirect changes in how children think and feel about things.” This article also strongly addressed opposing views. There is a lack in positive studies about physical punishment but hundreds of studies with negative outcomes. There are other effective ways to discipline children without being physical. Parents should talk with their children about appropriate means of resolving conflicts, Gershoff says. Building a trusting relationship can help children believe that discipline isn’t arbitrary or done out of anger. After reading these articles, I agree with Brendan Smith: Physical punishment can work momentarily only because children don’t want to be hit but doesn’t instill good behavior long term. Both articles presented great positions but ‘A Case
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