Spanking, as conditioning or behavior modification, is all the worse and contrary to any true moral sensibility because it is a form of violence, i.e. striking another person in anger. There are occasions when children need to be disciplined, and there are occasions in life when violence is necessary to counteract violence. But disciplining a child for naughty behavior or disobedience does not require violence, no matter how benign or well-intentioned it may be or how naughty the child has been. Spanking only teaches a child that using physical violence is a good method for getting your way in life.<quoted text>
Hmm where did I say its ok to use a wire? A belt or paddle is fine. A pat on the butt and time out don't work for all kids!! Worked for my sis since she was a sensitive quiet kid. But some kids need more, like I did. I was a stubborn kid and my mom had to break me. Thank goodness she had the love for me and the diligence to keep at it. B/c it worked! If you hadn't noticed that the end of physical punishments in school (plus the removal of GOD) has resulted in HORRIBLE schools and criminals for kids! It's ridiculous! Kids can't even go to school w/o fear of being shot or picked on. And kids now go to jail and commit crimes because they have no serious consequences for actions. Our jails are running over with people under age 25. Why? Lack of discipline and GODLY morals! Don't worry, keep up your sisified ways of discipline and the kids will keep going to jail! I know mine will be taught by The Bible and stay away from the devilish public schools!
Wayward children, presumably, are spanked only for "bad" behavior and/or disobedience. The message, therefore, i.e. the moral lesson, is "be good and obey, or you will be punished." That lesson does not, and cannot, lead a child into a true, inner sense of morality, and it tends, rather, to lead into cynicism, hypocritical religiosity and, in the worst case, clinical sociopathy.
True morality, whether based on religious principle or secular idealism, must come from within, based upon a positive impulse to be good, conform to society's legitimate expectations and be kind to each other because that is what we affirmatively want, not simply because we are seeking to avoid harsh treatment at the hands of society or the opprobrium of other individuals.
(Spank Your Children Well/Richard Latimer, capecodtoday)