I really didn’t want to do this one yet. I was hoping to find something funny before I wrote about this. But I couldn’t find anything.
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz are facing some pretty serious charges because of some discipline methods they used on their kids, namely beating them with a length of quarter-inch plumbing supply line. They beat them so bad that one of them is dead and another is in critical condition. And this was all because at least one of them mispronounced a word during a reading lesson at home.
The saddest part of this was that some of the kids who were beaten had been adopted from an orphanage. This was supposed to be their better life.
A book written by a fundamentalist christian couple was found in the home that also advocated using the plumber’s line. Sure, the book says not to injure kids with the thing, but still.
I love what the book’s authors said in defense of their book.
We do not teach corporal punishment nor hitting children. We teach parents how to train their children, which sometimes requires the limited and controlled application of a spanking instrument to hold the child’s attention on admonition…
Um, isn’t any use of a spanking instrument corporal punishment? And I think I got the occasional smack as a kid, but once my parents got my attention, they didn’t need to hold it by smacking me repeatedly with a rod. In fact, if they did keep smacking me with a rod, I would think that I wouldn’t be thinking about what my parents were saying. I’d be focused on the fact that I was getting repeatedly wacked.
The whole thing is just sad. I think the scars that the surviving kids will have will go far deeper than physical ones.