Michael Pearl Gets More Attention

The death of Hanna Williams has brought an ever increasing amount of attention to Michael Pearl and his child training methods. Yesterday, the New York Times ran an article on Michael Pearl called "Preaching Virtue of Spanking Even as Deaths Fuel Debate." It was on the front page, so I just thought I'd draw everyone's attention to it. I've written before about the connection between the child rearing method Michael Pearl promotes and the deaths of several children here and here. … [Read more...]

How Many More Must Die?

And so it continues. Another child has died as a direct result of Michael Pearl's teachings. How many more must die?MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - The parents of an adopted girl who died of exposure in her own backyard after she had been starved and abused for months pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday.Larry P. Williams and Carri D. Williams of Sedro Woolley were arrested last week and later charged with homicide by abuse and assault of a child in the first degree in Skagit County … [Read more...]

Michael Pearl in 1831

Michael and Debi Pearl's child rearing methods are not new, but are rather a return to ideas about children common in the earlier part of our nation's history, as this story from the American Baptist Magazine illustrates.  In it, Francis Wayland has the same goals and uses the same reasoning, arguments, and methods as those put forward by Michael Pearl. The scenario Wayland describes is eerily similar to some of my own experiences growing up on the Pearls' methods.WARNING: You may find this … [Read more...]

Michael Pearl on CNN

CNN has investigated the case of Lydia Schatz, spanked to death by her parents following the Pearls' methods.The Pearls defense is as follows (for full text see here):It has come to may attention that a vocal few are decrying our sensible application of the Biblical rod in training up our children. I laugh at my caustic critics, for our properly spanked and trained children grow to maturity in great peace and love. Numbered in the millions, these kids become the models of self-control … [Read more...]

The Fruit of Spanking: Rage and Shame

As I remember it, my parents didn’t spank me all that often. When I was spanked it was usually just three wallops with a wooden paddle. My mom only rarely bruised us, and my dad actually went easier on us than she did. Sometimes mom would save us for dad to spank, and he would decide that we had suffered enough and only pretend to spank us. He had us yell and holler and everything.Why is it, then, that when I look back at being spanked all I remember was the inner rage I felt? No one is l … [Read more...]

Giving the Child the Rod

I don’t know exactly when it happened, but at some point early on my mom handed me the rod. She told me I was to spank my younger siblings if they misbehaved or broke any rules and she was not in the room. The rule was that I could spank any sibling at least five years younger than me. This meant that at ten I could spank my five-year-old sibling, and all those younger than him. Parents, don’t do this to your older kids. Please, please, just don’t. It breaks my heart because now, years and year … [Read more...]


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