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Corporal Punishment-a necessary evil

abaa-bii abuzotyel
2011-07-14 07:31:26

I have taught in schools for well over 40 years. I have taught in all manner of educational institutions, from primary schools, through senior high, teacher training colleges to University colleges and Police/Military academies.

I will not claim to be an expert in pedagogy, but I can claim to possess a lot of experience in the field.

I completed elementary school in the early sixties and during our time, corporal punishment was administered without due care. It brought in its wake unintended deaths, permanent physical and psychological scars.

I remember a criminal act committed against by a sadist parading a Headteacher for an offence I knew nothing about. One morning, in 1959 we were in the dining hall for breakfast when I heard the head teacher's voice shouting "where is he, where is that witch?" I paid no attention as I did not know his target. Before I could say 'Jack', the pan containing the hot porridge was turned over my head.

The pain caused by the burns was unbearable and instinctively, I threw a punch, flooring the old fool in the process. I later on learnt that I was reported to have incited the pupils to rise up against the headteacher for stealing foodstuffs for his girl friend.

That certainly should have no place in our schools today. But the misuse of the system by one crazy headteacher is not reason enough to consign corporal punishment to the dust bins of history.

Parents in our part of the world have little or no skills for bringing the young. Among the urban middle class, the economic burden forces many parents to leave at dawn and arrive late, hardly knowing what their kids pick from the day.

There are no trained nannies to act as substitute parents; our kids are not picked from school or to school. On daily basis they trek with friends from all walks of live , imbibing in the process all undesirable character traits.

I once caught a primary three pupil drawing a male mounting a female in class- something he picked from friends or home.

Our classrooms overflow with children, giving no teacher the dog's chance of ever correcting bad character traits that may be present in any kid. Average population in classrooms is 100 kids.

The only method of instilling discipline available. in such large classes by a single teacher is with the assistance of the cane, which many people frown on but are not providing an alternative.

I still believe the biblical injunction not to "spare the rod and spoil the child" Till our educational system provide the alternative, teachers have my permission to discipline my grand kids in school with the cane.

My caution is that teachers must do so bearing in mind the psychological impact of the cane. As for the Deeleys, let no one pay heed to their discordant braying. Here is not Europe or America.

[This is an authentic posting from abaa-bii abuzotyel (Registered User)]
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