ABSTRACT

The violence and suffering children face in public schools is small compared to the physical assault children face in the home. The fact remains that violence against children in the form of spanking, either with the hand or with an implement, is still by far the most common everyday violence in our culture. Worry about unwarranted government interference in family life is only a partial explanation as to why spanking persists in the United States. In some American political discourse, especially of the extreme political right, any government involvement in family life is too much government involvement. According to the Center for Effective Discipline, as of January 2014 thirty-six nations have outlawed corporal punishment in the home. In the parental context, children become self-disciplined and self-controlled by learning from the boundaries that parents set for them.