The Psychology of Human Development. I remember signing up for this class with hesitation. I thought it was so stupid, I’d be honest. For years I heard that the way a child is raised during their developmental years can shape or break their future. To be quite honestly I didn’t believe that whole heartedly. I believed that it was a factor but not a critical one. People have options when they make choices. I was prepared to learn all the origins of legal defenses commonly used to get society’s misfits less jail time.
Yesterday in the news we heard of 6-year-old Salecia Johnson who was handcuffed by police over an alleged ‘tantrum’ fit she had in her kindergarten class. Allegedly Johnson was sent to the principal’s office after bunching two of her classmates. Then she began tearing items off the school principal’s office walls and threw furniture. The report says Johnson knocked over a shelf that injured the principal. Johnson also was reportedly biting a doorknob and attempting to break a glass frame while jumping on top of a paper shredder.
The parents of Salecia Johnson had this to say, “She has mood swings some days, which all of us had mood swings some days, I guess that was just one of her bad days. To that I say, “Really…? Sigh! I wonder if a good spanking when this child acts like this at home would have kept that child in line.”
But back to the class. When it came to the topic of spanking Read the rest of this entry