according to a study by Marjorie Gunnoe, professor of Psychology at Calvin College in Michigan.
Gunnoe questioned 2600 participants for the study and found that children who are smacked before the age of six perform better at school when they are teenagers. They are also more likely to do voluntary work and to want to go to college than those who have never been physically disciplined. But the study also revealed that children who are smacked after the age of six were more likely to exhibit behavioural problems, such as being involved in fights.
Penelope Leach, a parenting expert disagrees with the findings ’No good can come from hitting a child,’ she said. “I do not buy this idea that children will learn positive behavior from being smacked. The law says adults hitting adults is wrong and children should be protected in the same way. Children are people too.”
Right on. Keep your hands off the kids.
Thursday, November 26th, 2009   12:15 pm | Author: Isabelle | Life, Religion
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A sad story on Thanksgiving day. A report released in May of 2009 details 70 years of child abuse allegations by the Church in Ireland.
A New York Times article today explains that “The Archdiocese of Dublin and other Catholic Church authorities covered up clerical child abuse until the mid-1990s”.
“The Dublin Archdiocese’s pre-occupations in dealing with cases of child sexual abuse, at least until the mid 1990s, were the maintenance of secrecy, the avoidance of scandal, the protection of the reputation of the Church, and the preservation of its assets,” the report said.
“The welfare of children, which should have been the first priority, was not even a factor to be considered in the early stages,” it said.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin apologized Thursday in a news conference. “No words of apology can be sufficient,” he said.
The report states that “… it is abundantly clear … that child ..continue reading
Monday, November 9th, 2009   8:51 am | Author: Isabelle | Life
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“The United States could be the only nation in the world where a 13-year-old child can be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, even for crimes that do not include murder.”
There is a NYT editorial about this issue. An issue that should bother most people since many adults who commit violent crimes in this country receive short sentences or are released on parole after one or more hearings.
The Supreme Court is to hear two Florida cases today.
“Joe Sullivan, the petitioner in Sullivan v. Florida, was sentenced to life without parole in 1989 — when he was just 13 — after a questionable sexual battery conviction. His two older accomplices testified against the younger, mentally impaired boy. They received short sentences, one of them as a juvenile.”
“The case of Terrance Graham has similar contours. A learning disabled child — born to crack-addicted parents — Mr. Graham was on ..continue reading
There are still 20 states in the US that allow corporal punishment in the classroom. The hitting of children.
That is mind boggling in a country that considers itself one of the most advanced western nations.
A report by the Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch has an even more distrubing fact. Disabled children receive more corporal punishment than others.
Over 200,000 children are punished by spanking, paddling or other physical means every year. Almost 20% of those are disabled.
The states that still permit this form of punishment include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.
A 6-year-old, first-grade boy with autism, was paddled at his Mississippi elementary school by an assistant principal who weighed 300 pounds. He “picked up an inch-thick paddle and paddled him” on the buttocks, the report said.
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The account of the 8 year old Liberian girl sexually assaulted by 4 Liberian boys, none older than 14, in a Phoenix Arizona neighborhood shocked most of us. One of the follow up articles pointed out that soldiers in Liberia had used rape to intimidate the population during the civil war between 1989 and 2003 and that 60-70% of the women there had been sexually molested. There are claims that these violent sexual acts continue today in Liberia.
This was a horrific act and should be condemned. The boys involved should be punished to the full extent of the law.
But the most disturbing thing to me is that the family of the girl has turned its back on her. They claim she has shamed and embarrassed the family. Faced with no other choice the girl has been turned over to Arizona’s child welfare.
It is hard to fathom what is going on ..continue reading