Was there corporal punishment at your school?

Discussion in 'education & employment' started by Orang Utan, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    I'm 41 and we had the cane and knuckle rapping.
    What about you?
  2. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    I think the headmaster dished out the cane, although it never happened to me.
  3. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    my parents never left their beating duties to the state
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  4. Maurice Picarda

    Maurice Picarda Actually, might as well flounce.

    I'm 43. There was no corporal punishment at any of three first schools I went to. There was no corporal punishment at my secondary school, a boys' grammar. At my middle school, there was no formal policy of corporal punishment, but the headmaster lost the plot over the course of one term and at one point wandered around various classrooms clutching a battered plimsoll, demanding to know if anyone had behaved badly and needed to be slippered. Only one teacher was daft, or malicious, enough to identify a victim.
  5. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist R.I.P.

    Yeah. Housemaster had a cane which had a name - "Whippy Claude"

    Public school ftw :thumbs:
  6. BandWagon

    BandWagon Life's a bitch and then you die...

    Yes. I was a goody-goody though so it never happened to me.
  7. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Yes - Belt across the hands, rubber stick across the back of the legs and the odd slap round the lugs.

    The period I worked in schools covered the end of corporal punishment in Scotland. It began with regular beltings being issued to usually regular offenders, then there was a voluntary moratorium of a year/eighteen months, which was extended and extended again to about four years (IIRC) before CP was finally legislated-out.

    Towards the end of my time, I found myself working with one of the most CP-happy teachers from my own schooldays, who used to belt/stick your legs very freely. I don't know if he had matured/mellowed as he approached retirement, or had to change his way of doing things when CP was outlawed but it turned-out removing his option for violence actually brought-out an excellent teacher who could manage his classes far more effectively than when he could punish physically.

    Others were not so fortunate - One highly enthusiastic but utterly ineffective thrasher left teaching altogether to become an MP.
  8. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words

    Yes, "the cut" a cane across the palm side of the hand. Delivered by either Scratch or Spider, headmaster and dep. head.
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  9. fizzerbird

    fizzerbird Always there when I need me...

    I went to a Catholic School with penguins as teachers...nuff said:rolleyes::mad:

    I once got a ruler thwacked across the back of my leg for reciting the 'Hail Mary' incorrectly...I was 6 years old :( I said "Pray for our swimmers' instead of 'pray for our sinners' :D

    I was also made to kneel on pencils facing the wall because my swiss roll sponge split..sign that I'd been playing with the devil instead of listening to Sister Mary Joseph "Shudder"...
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  10. hot air baboon

    hot air baboon Well-Known Member

    ...my college economics lecturer had been a teacher at a school where the only 2 members of staff who refused on principle to apply corporal punishment were himself ( Welsh socialist ) and "world fuhrer" Colin Jordan ....
  11. StoneRoad

    StoneRoad heckling from the back!

    Old style grammar school - Headmaster had the option of the cane, but very rarely exercised it.

    Changed schools for "A" levels - to a former grammar school, the cane was administered by one deputy head, but again very infrequently. One or two of the staff threw chalk stubs or board dusters, or used to smack metre rules down on desks - although the games master had a cricket bat "available" I don't know if he ever actually used it.

    I was never in any danger of CP - far too goody-goody ! despite being verbally very argumentative a lot of the time.

    My OH, who is a teacher, reckons if you needed to use CP it should be as the very last resort - but considers that CP doesn't work, but the threat *might* have done decades ago.
    But, more importantly, the use of CP sends very wrong messages to people. ie the use of force by the stronger / authority against the weaker and thus it is akin to bullying ...........
  12. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    No, but the headmaster at primary school had the old tawse hanging on a nail in his office as a kind of cautionary tale.
  13. dessiato

    dessiato Life is a lemon, and I want my money back

    My house-master used to cane me every Friday. He said that if I hadn't been caned it was because I'd done something wrong but not caught. If I had, his excuse was I'd done something wrong, been caught and, therefore, deserved the punishment. I think he just liked caning boys. I met him some years after when I was in the staff common of the uni I worked at, I could never sit with him or acknowledge him.

    When I was "asked to leave" my grammar school it was noted that I was the first 6th former to have been caned in the history of the school.
  14. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    Nope. We did have one teacher who was a good shot with a chalk board duster ... mainly just above your head.
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  15. dylanredefined

    dylanredefined Not a house elf a tiger

    Yes first assembly headmaster told the 1st years how he had beaten a kid unconscious and then revived him and beaten him some more:eek:!
  16. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse In the area

    Yes, at primary and secondary. Never got it, though did get suspended a few times and expelled once, so I guess it was more of a threat than a thing.
  17. equationgirl

    equationgirl Respect my existence or expect my resistance

    Not at any school I attended, and I'm the same age as OU.
  18. el-ahrairah

    el-ahrairah forward communism, forward gerbils!

    nope, it had been abolished by the time i was at school. abolished in 1986. who'd have thought the tories of the 80s cared that much about children.
  19. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    My older brothers (born 1971 and 1973) went to the same primary as me and they didn't get the tawse either, but the primary 7 teacher had a fearsome reputation for throwing chalk or blackboard dusters with extreme accuracy. He did it to my brothers' classes but not mine.
  20. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    Yes, at the first two schools I went to. I vividly remember being slippered at age six.
  21. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    it was still ok in fee paying schools till the early 90s\ late 80s iirc. New Lab done away with that.

    ok wiki says it was later than that:
  22. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    at primary school 1975-81. Don't think formal corporal punishment existed, but teachers could and occasionally did spank a kid 'then and there' - while i think that's a fairly shit way of dealing with things, it seems less shit than making kid wait some time then making a big performance out of it.

    secondary school 1981-86 (on paper at least, although not there a great deal in the last year or two) low level violence from the teachers fairly standard (school had the kind of culture where bullying was seen as character building - reward was if you stayed on to the 6th form you then got the chance to be a prefect and effectively be licensed to get your own back by bullying younger kids. quite a few of the cunts - the teachers that is - were overtly racist, homophobic and so on.) Caning still existed in theory, but it was somewhat akin to the nuclear deterrent - not aware of it happening to anyone while I was there and expect it would have become known if it had.
  23. maomao

    maomao 四月她爹

    I'm 40 and we supposedly had the slipper but I'm not sure if it actually happened. The kids believed it could though. A kid called Marios had been reputedly slippered for repeatedly 'playing in the bins' which would have been cruel if it was true because Marios was probably developmentally challenged (his dad ran the best kebab shop in Edmonton though).
  24. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    Yes. At primary school we had an awful headmistress who I once saw backhand a girl right off her chair. Fucking vile. I'm 45 and it was dying out by the last couple of years I was in secondary school.
  25. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Scum with no integrity, apparently.

    Am 43, and no there wasn't.
  26. rubbershoes

    rubbershoes not the only raver in the village

    Both my schools had the cane.

    I never got caned though. I saved that till I'd left school ;)
  27. spanglechick

    spanglechick High Empress of Dressing Up

    I'm 41 and i believe it was occasionally used at my primary school :eek: :(

    a letter was sent a home by my secondary school in the september i went up (1985) saying that the school had decided to do away with it as an option.
  28. purenarcotic

    purenarcotic Conveniently Pocket Sized

    No, it was illegal when I went to school. In the 90s.

    I love threads like these, they make me feel young. :oops::D:cool:
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  29. rubbershoes

    rubbershoes not the only raver in the village

    To me that's not corporal punishment, its just violence. Completely unacceptable, of course. It's a teacher losing control.
  30. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    only aural punishment as the teachers droned on and on and on. but those were the lessons :(

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