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Cane in English schools

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by Aspergers_Aspie, Jun 29, 2020 at 2:21 PM.

  1. Aspergers_Aspie

    Aspergers_Aspie Well-Known Member

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    On UK tv show countdown Nick Hewer referring to the cane in schools said 'we all turned out okay'. Do people on this forum think the cane in schools in England should have been kept or not?
     
  2. Raggamuffin

    Raggamuffin Well-Known Member

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    In this day and age it would never be able to continue. People get upset over the slightest inconveniences - let alone having your child come home, bruised and traumatised after a teacher hit them.

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  3. Progster

    Progster Gone sideways to the sun V.I.P Member

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    No. There is no place for the cane in schools, at least not in this century. It was responsible for a lot of psychological trauma, PTSD and other mental health issues, and kids with ADHD, autism and dyslexia and learning difficulties were often unfairly punished in this way. Learning should be a pleasant experience, not a traumatic one. Classrooms need to be managed, but corporal punishment is not the right way to go about it.
     
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  4. Mia

    Mia Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    The nuns used a strap or hit you on the hands or the head with a pointer or ruler, that was elementary school. Went to school most days slightly fearful, until high school where corporal punishment was no longer permitted. It's not a good learning environment when everything you do is instilled with trepidation and fear of doing the wrong thing but your not exactly certain what that 'wrong thing' is. Because no one told you.

    Some of those punishments were for talking out of turn, getting an answer wrong more than once, not completing homework, passing notes, and not repeating back what the teacher recited for you to memorize.
     
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    Judge Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Given a heightened understanding of general liability, corporal punishment in schools and outside one's immediate family doesn't sound like a realistic concept in this day and age.

    More just a relic of the past with those of us who recall administrators, educators and nuns beating guilty and innocent children.

    Wasn't Winston Churchill routinely and brutally flogged by his headmaster as a young boy?
     
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  6. GrownupGirl

    GrownupGirl Tempermental Artist

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    I think it's barbaric. I read Roald Dahl's autobiography where he went to a boarding school as a child, and he described the experience of being caned very vividly, and it was both horrifying and amazing. He said that after so many smacks the pain didn't get any worse, it just prolonged it, and then when the headmaster finally said "you may go", it sounded like it came from a cave a hundred miles away and you'd hurry out the door clutching your bottom while walking on your toes. Also the kids were caned for the trivial reasons. It was wrong for them to make mistakes or even be kids.

    When adults say they turned out okay from being physically beaten as punishment as kids, they either turned out okay in spite of it, or they're delusional and they're not okay at all.
     
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    Whenever someone says, "We turned out OK....." Well, we don't have to believe them. Agree with @GrownupGirl
     
  8. Nervous Rex

    Nervous Rex High-functioning autistic V.I.P Member

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    I recently read this statement:

    You say you turned out okay, but the fact that you want it to happen to others means you did not, in fact, turn out okay.
     
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    I don't agree with violence, physical discipline is violence and teaches fear.
    I got caned by a teacher for turning round in class, she was vulnerable herself, could not control the class and saw me as a target