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Last week, I was in Germany with a colleague from Texas. I offhandedly mentioned that my wife told me to arrive home after our 3-year-old son was asleep. She didn't want him to get all excited right before bedtime.

My colleague asked me, "why not?" I said, "because he'll want to play with me and won't want to sleep." He said, dead seriously, "all you need to do is give him a spanking and he'll quit screwing around." I politely told him that I wouldn't be beating my child because he was happy to see me.

His justification, like everyone else who spanks their child, was "I got it, and I turned out OK." Well, I got it too, and I turned out OK too, but that doesn't mean I don't think it's barbaric.

Hell, I even got it in school. Back then, if you received corporal punishment in school, the last thing you'd do is tell your parents. They'd give you a second round at home. At least that is how it was in the 70's in my blue-collar Minnesota town.

Yet, I thought that was the past. Sweden made corporal punishment illegal in 1979. I have a lot of Swedish friends and their children are all very well behaved. I figured, if corporal punishment is not necessary to have well-behaved children, then it simply is not necessary. So, when we had our child, we decided we would never use corporal punishment.

Of course, corporal punishment isn't a thing of the past--all states allow corporal punishment at home within limits. More suprisingly, I found, is that 19 states still allow corporal punishment in schools.

Can you guess whether they are red states or blue state?

Seriously, Red States. It is time to enter the 21st century.
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