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There is a big difference between saying "my kid was paddled and punished and I think it is great" and saying "while not in my care my child was paddled and punished, and then she didn't repeat the offending behavior." The second is just a statement of fact. An observation. Not endorsement of anything.
I think some of you came down way too hard on that poster.
In January 2004, the Supreme Court of Canada decided that:
* schoolteachers may no longer use section 43 to justify physical punishment
* parents and persons acting in the place of parents may use physical punishment, but subject to the following conditions:
o the child is between 2 and 12 years of age,
o the child is capable of learning from the punishment,
o the force is minor and of a transitory and trifling nature,
o the punishment does not involve objects or blows or slaps to the head,
o the force is not degrading, inhuman or harmful, and
o the punishment is not the result of the caregiver's "frustration, loss of temper or abusive personality."
o The Supreme Court also ruled that the seriousness of the child's misbehaviour is not relevant in judging the "reasonableness" of the force used.
So yes, there is no spanking in schools in Canada
Mara, mama to two boys born 05/2009 and 04/2011, after four miscarriages.
So spanking makes me sad and mad, too.
But just remember, it's been legal for a long time, and not likely to change.
(After all, the bible talks about it...)
(I consider myself a religious person- Unitarian Universalist- and I hope I don't sound condescending towards other religions...or political parties, for that matter...)
|Not only did he (Jesus) give children status as human beings, they were to be treated as human beings:
Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it (Luke 18:17).
Whoever humbles himself like a child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 18:4).
Whoever receives a child [because of Jesus' commendation to children] receives [Jesus] (Matt. 18:5). On the other hand:
Whoever causes [a child to suffer or stumble or sin] it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea (Matt. 18:6).