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Your Three Year Old: Friend or Enemy

Your Three Year Old: Friend or Enemy
Ames & Ilg
1976

Submitter: This book was being weeded from our library due to condition (though its age would have most likely have eliminated it), but the cover made us laugh hysterically. This is a fine example of a book that isn’t necessarily awful, just very old and very poorly packaged. We’ll never be able to look at a three year old the same way again. From that crazed look in his eyes we would definitely have to categorize him as ENEMY!

Holly: Awww…the little guy…Damien, is it?  I’ve seen this look before.  I subbed for story-time, and apparently wasn’t “doing it right” and they all ganged up on me.  *Shivers*

Mary: Gotta go with ENEMY! 🙂

ModuMath

Modumath
1973

Submitter: Well, this is not actually a book but rather 4 VHS tapes we just pulled off our shelves for withdrawal. This is a math tutorial series on whole numbers — copyrighted in 1973! This librarian was still in High School at that time and knows that VHS tapes were still a medium of the future (and thus wonders what medium held this knowledge before). No, we have not watched these tapes since pulling them. Perhaps math was easier in 1973.

Holly: There are definitely newer, flashier, more interesting math video series available (on *gasp* DVD!).  Upgrade to “Standard Deviants” or even “School House Rock” (now there’s a series that never goes out of style!)

Train Up Your Child

To Train Up a Child
Pearl
1994

Submitter: I actually remember my mother having this book at some point (I don’t think she ascribed to it). Two children have died as a result of the author’s child care advice and one other was in critical condition.  At some point some books aren’t even funny to joke about and just need to be removed because they endanger society. This is why I weed – to get stuff like this that might hurt others off the self.

Here is what Amazon Reviewer R. Craig “Mother” said and I couldn’t have built a case better myself. Currently World Cat has 56 libraries still holding this material.

Here are some details:

1) The Pearls recommend whipping infants only a few months old on their bare skin. They describe whipping their own 4 month old daughter (p.9). They recommend whipping the bare skin of “every child” (p.2) for “Christians and non-Christians” (p.5) and for “every transgression” (p.1). Parents who don’t whip their babies into complete submission are portrayed as indifferent, lazy, careless and neglectful (p.19) and are “creating a Nazi” (p.45).

2) On p.60 they recommend whipping babies who cannot sleep and are crying, and to never allow them “to get up.” On p.61 they recommend whipping a 12 month old girl for crying. On p.79 they recommend whipping a 7 month old for screaming.

3) On p.65 co-author Debi Pearl whips the bare leg of a 15 month old she is babysitting, 10 separate times, for not playing with something she tells him to play with. On p.56 Debi Pearl hits a 2 year old so hard “a karate chop like wheeze came from somewhere deep inside.”

4) On p.44 they say not to let the child’s crying while being hit to “cause you to lighten up on the intensity or duration of the spanking.” On p.59 they recommend whipping a 3 year old until he is “totally broken.”

5) On p.55 the Pearls say a mother should hit her child if he cries for her.

6) On p.46 the Pearls say that if a child does obey before being whipped, whip them anyway. And “if you have to sit on him to spank him, then do not hesitate. And hold him there until he is surrendered. Prove that you are bigger, tougher.” “Defeat him totally.” On p.80 they recommend giving a child having a tantrum “a swift *forceful* spanking.” On the same page they say to whip small children on their bare skin until they stop screaming. “Don’t be bullied. Give him more of the same.” They say to continue whipping until their crying turns into a “wounded, submissive whimper.”

7) On p.47 they recommend their various whips, including “a belt or larger tree branch” to hit children.

8 ) The Pearls recommend pulling a nursing infant’s hair (p.7), and describe tripping their non-swimming toddler so she falls into deep water (p.67). They recommend ignoring an infant’s bumped head when he falls to the floor, and ignoring skinned knees (p.86). They also say “if your child is roughed-up by peers, rejoice.” (p.81) And on p.103 the Pearls say if children lose their shoes, “let them go without until they (the children) can make the money to buy more.”

9) The Pearls claim their “training” methods are Godly, yet they have *no religious training or credentials* They never mention Jesus’ injunctions to forgive “seventy times seven” and be merciful, and they decry the “extraordinary ingnorance of modern psychology.”

The Pearls’ methods have resulted in parents being investigated by Child Protective Services, children being taken away from parents, a restraining order against a father, and even a babysitter going to jail on felony charges!

Holly: Good grief!  Has anyone else heard anything about this book?  Just when you thought you’d seen it all…