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Taiwan Quick Take: International Spank Out Day


One hundred social groups signed up yesterday to support "International Spank Out Day," which was initiated in 1998 by EPOCH-USA to bring widespread attention to its desire to end physical punishment of children. Members of groups, led by the Humanistic Education Foundation, called for parents and teachers not to spank their children or students. They also offered educational information to parents and caregivers about non-violent discipline alternatives. The groups suggested that instead of smacking on impulse, parents and caregivers should make a phone call, exchange "pithy one-liners" encouraging non-violent solutions, particularly during periods of anger, and seek supporting resources to help stop resorting to violence. Minister of Education Tu Cheng-sheng (杜正勝), who was among several figures invited to offer their "pithy one-liners" for "International Spank Out Day," said: "Respect and understand children to avoid treating them violently."

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