Essay: To spank or not to spank for monkey kids
My memories of school days in Taipei are filled with gruesome images of our teachers slapping us in the face or beating us with a stick for failing to learn tedious lessons by rote. I do not remember which was worse, the pain or the shame, but I do recall that very little aroused my interest or enthusiasm. To begin with, I was “tracked” at level one, and therefore, that was where I was to remain. Furthermore, I was a “monkey kid” — too playful and full of mischief. I am sure this was due to my boredom and distaste for discipline. I liked to explore and experiment. However, my healthy curiosity did not serve me well at home, either. My father was a doctor and my brother followed his path. My father also founded an institute for the study of Japanese, and my sister followed that path. Both my brother and my sister went to study in Tokyo. My mother remained at home as a private investor. None of these pursuits impressed me. I only had eyes for America. But I had big eyes…
Asia people believe in “the child is not taught off” the old saying, out of Succeed, It is an urgent Chinese psychological theory, parents think spanking works well for their “monkey kids”. Upon seeing city news of Taipei today, early in the morning feeling like is not up, a four years old daughters was crying non-stop, 1:00 mid-night her father out of control temper, it a causing life-long tragedy, even missed killing daughter. For my own sad voice “It is no different compare with death penalty, It is a dishonor for an educator or a children’s parents, who can really help with?” Children are not dogs, cannot be like training a dog like to train them, they are not something that can be controlled like goods. We must not lose sight of this point: child is not especially different from the human species; they are just not fully-grown men or women.