According to a press release issued by McGill, UToronto and UMinnesota today, schools that beat their students impair the psychological functioning of the victims. More specifically, the psychological processes affected relate to planning, abstract thinking, and delaying gratification. While the study was undertaken in West Africa, Prof. Stephanie Carlson at uMinnesott points out the shocking relevance of the research for North Americans: “In the U.S., 19 states still allow corporal punishment in schools, although more of them are now asking for parent permission to use it. With this new evidence that the practice might actually undermine children’s cognitive skills needed for self-control and learning, parents and policy makers can be better informed.”
I’m personally much more surprised to learn that American schools can still beat children than the fact that it causes psychological issues. What about you?