There has been much written about the evils of corporal punishment, including two editorials in Pediatrics,1,2 yet the practice continues. The reason is that, quite simply, the procedure works. To choose an extreme example that I do not condone, if one gave an electric shock to a child every time he talked back, he would stop doing it. What then, is so wrong about corporal punishment? The authors mention the important points: the dangers of physical injury; teaching that might makes right; not teaching appropriate behavior, etc.
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