I rarely get on my soapbox, and as a Me, I’ve never felt able to criticise something I’ve not read or know stuff about. But today I’ll make an exception. Stick with me team, you’ll feel the same angry anger in a couple of minutes.
There’s this book. It’s called To Train Up A Child. The link to this book is here and… well. Just take a look at the reviews.
Just in case you haven’t got time to do that I’ll list one here.
‘This drivel contains instructions on how to ‘break’ a child by beating them until they no longer resist your blows. This filthy rag is an instruction manual on child abuse in the name of a made up religion’
Much of the other reviews are variations on this theme.
It doesn’t talk about Discipline. Rather ‘training’ your child. I’ve had a read of some of it online, until I got so angry FOAM started coming from my mouth. Here is one of the training sessions it advocates. You might need a sit down after reading this.
So yeah. Put temptation in a child’s way and smack them, hit them, beat them so they’ll learn.
FML. Really? Really really?
It states that the information contained in the book, this advice, is ‘not new, deep insights from the professional world of research, but rather, the same principles the Amish use to train their stubborn mules.’
Okay then. Let me point out a thing here. Children are not mules.
It does seem bizarre and 50 shades of wrong that Amazon are selling this. Surely there’s enough evidence by the reviews and the UTTER DRIVEL WRITTEN INSIDE to show that… well. They shouldn’t be selling such a book.
I’m all for free speech but if this book does advocate hitting a 4 month old then it goes against all parenting advice, throughout the world, ever. And not just that, it’s also illegal. Innit.
So. Surely Amazon has a responsibility to not sell a book about something illegal, just as they might not offer a book for sale about how to make a bomb from fertiliser or how to self-euthanise. Surely these series of words on a page, as I can never call it literature, should be withdrawn, disallowed, excommunicated, just REMOVED from sale via their site. There. Remove it from sale. Sounds better than ‘banning’ if you’re all touchy feely about such a word.
This article here, about a young girl ‘trained’ to death, a 7 year old that died of massive tissue damage after her parents had beaten her with a length of quarter-inch plumbing supply line, might help you think I like I think. Withdraw this book. Now.
How can people make a difference in this world? I could go chain myself to some railings. I could, and even though it’s raining I’d do that. But we can contact people. We can communicate. We can talk, tweet, and blog the crap out of this.
If you do feel this should be withdrawn from sale then please just copy and paste this into your Tweety box and send it.
Dear @amazon please REMOVE this offensive book advocating beating children from your website. http://www.amazon.co.uk/To-Train-Up-Child-children/dp/1892112000#_
RT if you agree.
There is also an online petition here which, if you sign it and pass it on might also cause Amazon to do the decent thing and remove this… THING from sale.
You never know. If we all shout very loudly about this then we might just make a difference. Maybe a child won’t get ‘switched’ tonight.
*Gets off soapbox and chains self to railings*