While growing up I had a friend who was spanked regularly for almost any reason by a surly father.
My friend was smart and inventive when we were together with nobody else around, but when anyone in his family came into the picture he became dense and slow. He mispronounced words, breathed out of his mouth, and just kind of glazed over when his family was around.
Maybe it had something to do with this new study that suggests the more a kid gets spanked, the lower his IQ.
Now that’s a big claim. Think about it. Makes you wonder if George H.W. Bush was beating Dubya daily with a tire iron back in his formative years. My god, Jessica Simpson’s obsessed father must still be walloping her with two-by-fours.
The survey touches on why this phenomenon might occur, such as whether spankings tend to happen more often in families with low educational opportunities or reduced inherited intelligence. But they don’t consider whether or not the kids might be faking it.
My friend pretended to be dumb, and I can only make assumptions about why. Maybe he thought he would be less likely to get hit if he were considered a “slow child,” a more sympathetic figure.
His behavior was confusing and I asked him about it one time. He clammed up. We never spoke about it again.
I ran into him years later as an adult and he was well educated and working a mentally demanding job, proving to me that he was never dumb, just pretending, just trying to fly under the radar and avoid a beating.
I, on the other hand, suffer from the inverse. Having rarely been spanked as a child, I pretend to be smart.