Great opinion piece published in Chicago Tribune
Dear Global Information Network Members,
I’m sharing an op-ed written by Dr. Paul Holinger and published in the Chicago Tribune (attached). It might be helpful to others who are considering writing op-eds based on the recent report from the US Centres for Disease Control. That report is very helpful to efforts to end the false dichotomy between ‘discipline’ and ‘abuse’. I circulated the CDC report previously, but I’m attaching here in case it’s gotten lost along the way.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has formally come out with policy asserting that physical punishment is child abuse and that it should be banned. This stance is in response to consistent data showing physical punishment to be associated with increased violence and emotional disorders.
The U.S. has no federal law prohibiting physical punishment. In addition, there are still 19 states that permit physical punishment in schools.
All this is in contrast to the international response to these data on physical punishment — 49 countries have banned physical punishment in all settings and more than 100 countries have banned it in schools.
We ask, what contributes to violence, bullying, sadism, murder? Very complicated questions. But perhaps we might consider the notion that violence, like so many things, can start early, and it can start at home.
Download PDF: Childen Learn Violence At Home
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