Spare the Rod?
Folly is bound up in the heart of a boy,
but the rod of discipline drives it far away.
I just read a book that talked about this verse. The author—with whom I agreed about a great many things—insisted that this verse spoke of corporal punishment (spanking) and that every child (until a certain age) needs spanking to “get rid of the foolishness.”
I’m not so sure I agree.