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Remove the book, "To Train Up a Child" (which advocates child abuse) by the Pearls from the Auckland Public Library System.

The Auckland Public Library System has newly received this book into their system.  This book is well known in child advocacy circles as a book which specifically trains parents how to abuse their children (in the name of discipline).

Children in the United States have DIED from parents following the advice contained in this book - see here: http://www.examiner.com/article/another-couple-found-guilty-of-murder-for-parenting-by-to-train-up-a-child


Examples of quotes from this book include (text taken from this link: http://whynottrainachild.com/2010/04/20/quotes-from-ttuac/:

"The Pearls recommend switching infants only a few months old on their bare skin. They describe switching their own 4 month old daughter (1st edition p.9).

At four months she was too unknowing to be punished for disobedience. But for her own good, we attempted to train her not to climb the stairs by coordinating the voice command of “No” with little spats on the bare legs. The switch was a twelve-inch long, one-eighth-inch diameter sprig from a willow tree.
In the 17th edition (April 2006) the above quote is the same but the baby is a month older.  Also on page 9:

At five months, she was too unknowing to be punished for disobedience. But for her own good (and our peace of mind), we attempted to train her not to climb the stairs by coordinating the voice command of “No” with little spats on her bare legs. The switch was a twelve-once long, one-eighth-inch diameter sprig from a willow tree.
On p.60 of the 1st edition they recommend switching babies who cannot sleep and are crying, and to never allow them “to get up.”

But what of the grouch who would rather complain than sleep? Get tough. Be firm with him. Never put him down and then allow him to get up. If, after putting him down, you remember he just woke up, do not reward his complaining by allowing him to get up.For the sake of consistency in training, you must follow through. He may not be able to sleep, but he can be trained to lie there quietly. He will very quickly come to know that any time he is laid down there is no alternative but to stay put. To get up is to be on the firing line and get switched back down.
This has been reworded somewhat in the 17th edition (P63)

But what about the grouchy child who would rather complain than sleep? Get tough. Be firm with him. Never put him down and then for some reason reverse your position, allowing him to get up. For your reputation with the child, you must follow through. He may not be able to sleep, but he can be trained to lie there quietly. He will very quickly come to know that any time he is laid down, there is no alternative but to stay put. To get up is to be on the firing line and get switched back down.
On p.79 they recommend switching a 7 month old for screaming.

A seven-month-old boy had, upon failing to get his way, stiffened clenched his fists, bared his toothless gums and called down damnation on the whole place. At a time like that, the angry expression on a baby’s face can resemble that of one instigating a riot. The young mother, wanting to do the right thing, stood there in helpless consternation, apologetically shrugged her shoulders and said, “What can I do?” My incredulous nine-year-old whipped back, “Switch him.” The mother responded, “I can’t, he’s too little.” With the wisdom of a veteran who had been on the little end of the switch, my daughter answered, “If he is old enough to pitch a fit, he is old enough to be spanked.”

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So far the Library has responded that to remove it would be akin to censorship.  We argue that they are stocking a book which condones ILLEGAL activity.  It is illegal, in New Zealand to treat children thus, it is illegal to hit children in this country.  We are not asking for censorship, rather we are asking the public library system to not spend our tax payer dollars on a book which encourages illegal activity and can result in dead children.  We are asking the library to do the RIGHT thing and remove the book from circulation.

Here is the current library response:

The Auckland Libraries Collection Development Policy (found here http://ow.ly/KOvbQ) defines Auckland Libraries’ commitment to the principle of freedom of access to information and states that the library will not suppress or remove material simply because it gives offence. We endorse the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa statement that: “Libraries, and particularly public libraries, are prime agencies for the dissemination of information. Librarians have a duty to acquire, organise, and provide access to information freely to the communities they serve. The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa recognises that it may be difficult at times to reconcile these principles of access to information and protection against the misuse of that access, but it insists that the right to be informed should be the chief consideration.”

Auckland Libraries complies with all decisions of the Office of Film and Literature Classification - NZ. The Office has not banned or placed a restriction on 'To train up a child'. Any person can ask for a work to be classified – more information about this process is available on their website, particularly here: http://www.classificationoffice.govt.nz/.../inquiries-and...

Kind regards,
Louise LaHatte
Manager Regional Collections
Auckland Libraries

 

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