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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Corporal Punishment in the 1980's

David Beatson has a good column in this weeks (NZ) Independent on corporal punishment in the 1980's.
The frequently repeated notion that "things were very different back then" is plain hogwash.

There were well-understood limits 20 and 40 years ago as to what was fair and reasonable by way of corporal punishment. There was widespread, vigorous debate about its acceptability in schools and wounding, back-handing, tying-up and choking were not acceptable forms of discipline.

Any teacher guilty of all three offences would not have been granted an ounce of charity in the staffroom, the classroom or the community 40 years ago. It is hard to believe the climate was less liberal at a co-ed Dunedin high school 20 years later, even if this was not apparent to the pupils attending Bayfield High in Benson-Pope's time there as a teacher.
The Independent: Spare Rod

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 5/31/2005 11:17:00 am