End smacking but Bring Back the Cane?
More than 20 years after corporal punishment was banned in state schools, many teachers said it was acceptable to hit children “in extreme cases”. The Times Educational Supplement surveyed 6,162 teachers. Support for a return to corporal punishment was strongest among secondary teachers, with 22 per cent backing the idea compared with 16 per cent of those in primary schools. The cane was abolished in state schools in 1987 and 1998 in the fee-paying sector.
So how do you feel?
What message does this send to children, there is so argument for a deterrent but first perhaps we should look at adults. If you commit murder, armed robbery or any vicious crime do you get beaten? No you may go to prison or be fined. Step out of line at school and you may be caned, I know better than many parents there are parts of the country where society is in free fall, children live in home where violence and bad language are part of everyday survival do we want to extend that to school or should school be an oasis of calm and kindness as many schools are. Pupils do not always respond in the way we wish and life can be hell for some teachers but they are great people and by being constant in their approach and with the support ideally of other agencies we will make a brighter future for children to raise their own off spring in. A new attempt to ban smacking will be launched tomorrow by a cross-party group of MPs, as more than 100 Labour backbenchers demand a free vote on the issue.
They are attempting to stop parents from smacking their children as a “reasonable punishment”.
They will table amendments to the Children and Young Persons Bill, due to be debated by the Commons tomorrow, to give children the same protection against assault as adults. Kevin Barron, the Labour chairman of the all-party Commons Health Committee said: “We must act now to end the legal approval of hitting children. It’s the responsibility of Parliament to ensure that the physical integrity and human dignity of every person is respected. The current law allowing so-called ‘reasonable punishment’ of children is unjust, unsafe and unclear, and must be abolished once and for all.” So how does this square with the TES survey. I went to school in the days caning was in place. I was never caned but I was hit over the knuckles with a ruler. Did it make me a behave, even though my crime was to run in a corridor , no it made me hate school.