I found this Associated Press story on a campaign by Brazil’s president to end corporal punishment in his country fascinating. I cannot imagine a U.S. president ever getting into this controversial issue.
And if a president did, he would be crucified for interfering in what many Americans contend are private family matters for which the government should have no say. But increasingly, other governments are extending their child protection reach.
India is also considering stiff criminal penalties against corporal punishment, whether in school or at home, in the wake of the suicide of a 12-year-old following a caning at his private, prestigious school. The new law could impose one year imprisonment or a fine for the first offense.
And this is what is happening in Brazil:
By TALES AZZONI
SAO PAULO — In Brazil, a swat to your child’s bottom could soon get you slapped with a warning.
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sent a bill to Congress on Wednesday proposing that Brazil