Yesterday the BBC had Michael Pearl and Elizabeth Esther on their radio talk show, World Have Your Say. The segment about Michael Pearl and his teachings begins at 27:16. They also have a few other guests discussing the teachings after Elizabeth Esther and Michael Pearl have their discussion/debate.
I am encouraged that Mr. Pearl has started back pedaling a bit and even said to stop hitting a 9 month old’s knuckles after 3 strikes with a spatula because it is clearly not working. Of course, he qualifies it that the parent is not doing something right and must regroup and start over, but I am so thankful that he is starting to admit that it might not be working and that one should stop. It would be great if he would admit that his method will not work for every child and even better if he would decide that there are better ways of getting the attention of a 9 month old than inflicting physical pain and that conditioning children is very unhealthy for them, but I must rejoice in any improvement. When Elizabeth pointed out that he was contradicting his book, he just brushed her off. Hopefully, he will continue to promote guidelines of when things are not working and make sure that all his followers hear it.