In chapter 4, Ariella explains her feelings towards how other parents displine thier children by saying:
“although she said she hated to see other parents striking their own children, “I was scared I might do it too, and would really hurt him because, no matter what I said to him, or how many times I said it, I realized that I couldn’t hold him back.”
Excerpt From: Kozol, Jonathan. “Fire in the Ashes.” Crown Publishers, 2012-08-28. iBooks.
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My question is, could the use of spanking have changed the course of Silvio’s negative behavior? When Ariella thought the knock on the door was Silvio returing from being out all night, she said “I’m going to give him the beating of his life” but of course it was too late.