Nice to be labelled uneducated by someone who so quickly falls into the pitt of anti-spanking flaws.
Spanking is not a promotion of aggressive behaviour.There is no credible evidence whatsoever in existance that shows that it is. You are not seperating spankings from beatings. You are not speaking about spanking done correctly but spanking used out of anger.
Sure there are studies that show that spanking is bad but these studies are highly, highly flawed in spanking debates.
It's something like over 80% of these studies on spanking that are done on children over ten years old. If you are resorting to spanking someone over ten, yes, there's a problem there. The studies are right that spanking after this age is INEFFECTIVE and has no parental merit. Not because of spanking is ineffective but because the parents haven't established an adequate or effective parenting method throughout the childs life.
If spanking has been their only form of punishment then this would be why. After ten a child should be at the point where they can be reasoned with.
These studies also don't take into consideration that spanking is only one behaviour a parent displays. What has been shown to influence a child far more than a occasional spank is how a parent speaks to their child, how they react verbally
to the childs behaviour.
They also don't seperate spanking from abuse.
Spanking needs to used in conjunction with other punishments, such as time outs. It needs to be controlled and used as a last resort after a warning has been given. Never when a parent is angry. It is to be used sparingly and should be used very rarely if a parent is showing supervision, nurturing behaviour and structure.
If a parent ONLY uses spanking then there will be issues.
If a parent is too permissive then the results can be worse than even those that use only spanking as a punishment.
My bottom line. Spanking used properly is not a terrible thing and can be very effective. I don't think any of us was saying it should be the only form of punishment.
Whether it should be used ever is only an opinion, not a fact, such as you are making it out to be.
Oh yeah. The Bible says you should spank your kids. We all know the Bible never lies