Flogging/canning is as you may well be aware, is a very common practice all over Africa and is widely perceived as the most effective way of disciplining an erring child.
Notwithstanding, there are critics (mostly western) who believe that this practice is barbaric, animalistic and cruel.
Christians usually support flogging of children with the following passages:
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the[b] rod of correction[/b] shall drive it far from him.
Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
In these passages, the rod is interpreted literarilly. I'd like to find out how accurate you think this interpretation of the rod is, and whether flogging is a purely cultural thing. Thanks.