Some 49 per cent of mothers and fathers are in favour of corporal punishment to crack down on the worst offenders, it was revealed.
So says the Telegraph, quoting a survey apparently commissioned by the Times Educational Supplement. Since this is an educational story, I will get the red pen out and give a stern ticking off to almost everyone who covered this story for not linking the study, to TES for not publishing it anywhere I can find it, and to the NASUWT for providing the following quote
In fact, evidence suggests that behaviour has improved significantly since corporal punishment was abolished.
Without proper referencing. Bad form, see me after. The biggest red cross goes to the BBC, who chose to expend most of their article listing a detailed breakdown of the ideal celebrity teachers, which is clearly the most important part of the research. Idiots.
NASUWT get a big red tick, however, for pointing out the very same question that immediately occurred to me
However, no one appears to have asked those who have called for the return of corporal punishment whether they would be happy for their child to be caned.
Well, quite. Since the survey doesn’t appear to have been published or linked to from anywhere, and since the journos from the MSM, with the execrable exception of the BBC, haven’t bothered to quote anything but the headline stats from the press release (which TES don’t seem to have on their website), we don’t know if that question was indeed asked, or much else about the survey.
From personal experience (yes, I am that old, just), I believe that disciplining children with sticks in the classroom will teach them one very important lesson. That those placed in authority over others can be arbitrary, capricious and violent.
It’s a great life lesson, for sure, but I reckon there are probably ways to demonstrate this to children without brutalising them. And, again from personal experience, the moment you do this to a child, you may as well take out the big red ink pad and stamp “PROBLEMS WITH AUTHORITY” on their file.
Only the marks you leave on the outside will heal.