END Corporal Punishment – STOP Child Abuse


Poisonous pedagogy, also called black pedagogy (from the original German name Schwarze Pädagogik), is a psychological and sociological term describing a subset of traditional child-raising methods which modern sociologists and psychologists describe as repressive and harmful. It includes behaviors and communication that theorists consider to be manipulative or violent, such as corporal punishment.

Alice Miller defines poisonous pedagogy as all types of behavior that she believes is intended to manipulate children’s characters through force or deception. Her focus is not merely on smacking (although she has said that “Every smack is a humiliation” and clearly opposes corporal punishment) but also on various other forms of manipulation, deceit, hypocrisy, and coercion, which she argues are commonly used by parents and teachers against children.

Developmental psychologist James W. Prescott, in the 1970s, carried out research into primate child-mother bonding and noted a link between disruption to the child-mother bonding process and the emergence of violence and fear based behaviour in the young primates. He suggests that the same dynamic functions for human beings, through the breakdown of empathy.

Sweden was the first nation to outlaw all forms of corporal punishment of children, in 1979. According to the Swedish Institute, “Until the 1960s, nine out of ten preschool children in Sweden were spanked at home. Slowly, though, more and more parents voluntarily refrained from its use and corporal punishment was prohibited throughout the educational system in 1958”. As of 2014, approximately 5 percent of Swedish children are spanked illegally.

Parents’ rights in Sweden to spank their children was removed in 1966. In 1979 Sweden became the first country to explicitly ban corporal punishment, through an amendment to the Parenthood and Guardianship Code which stated, “Children are entitled to care, security and a good upbringing. Children are to be treated with respect for their person and individuality and may not be subjected to corporal punishment or any other humiliating treatment.” Corporal punishment in Sweden does not usually carry a criminal penalty, unless it meets the criteria for assault.

The psychologist Alice Miller, noted for her books on child abuse, took the view that humiliations, spankings and beatings, slaps in the face, etc. are all forms of abuse, because they injure the integrity and dignity of a child, even if their consequences are not visible right away.

Humiliations, beatings, slapping, deception, sexual exploitation, mockery, neglect, etc. Are forms of abuse because they harm the integrity and dignity of the child, even if the effects are not immediately apparent. It is in adulthood that the abused child once will begin to suffer and make others suffer. This is not only a problem of the family but of society as a whole, because the victims of this dynamic of violence, transformed into executioners, take vengeance on entire nations, as is shown by the growing genocide More frequent under atrocious dictatorships like that of Hitler. Beaten children learn early on what violence they will use adults by believing in what they have been told: That they deserved punishment and that they were beaten “out of love.” They do not know that the only reason they were subjected to the punishment was because their parents suffered and learned the violence early without questioning it. In turn they beat their children without thinking of hurting them.

That is how ignorance of society remains so strong and that parents continue in good faith to produce evil in every generation for millennia. Almost all children get beating when they start walking and touch objects that should not be touched. This happens exactly at the age when the human brain is structured (between 0 and 3 years). There, the child must learn from his models kindness and love but never, in any case, violence and lies (like: “I give you for your good and for love”). Fortunately, there are some abused children who receive love and protection among “witnesses” in their entourage.

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