If Canada Bans Spanking, Should U.S. Do the Same?
AdriHead 2012/09/07 18:41:00
Yes, that's right: Canada wants to ban spanking. America's northern neighbors currently have a "spanking law," which allows physical punishment toward kids, but Canadian medical experts are calling for a repeal of the century-old law. Do you think spanking should be banned? Or is it a decision that should be left to parents?
Canada's top medical journal has called for the repeal of that country's 120-year-old "spanking law." In a strongly worded editorial published on September 4, John Fletcher, the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), called physical punishment an "anachronistic excuse for poor parenting." The editorial accompanies a meta-analysis of 20 years of research about the ill effects of spanking, led by Joan Durant PhD of the University of Manitoba, first published in February and reprinted in the current volume of the CMAJ.
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