Should Public Caning Be Allowed In Schools?
I'm not very sure about current trends or thoughts on the subject, but I firmly believe that public caning at schools in the past had instilled discipline in students then. Whether the operating factor was fear or not, the end result was that students then understood what rules and regulations were and the price to be paid for breaking them.
Somewhere along the way we got carried away with newfangled ideas of enforcing discipline, and the maxim "spare the rod and spoil the child," became anathema to the education system and to parents alike. Those who persisted in the old ways were seen as either cruel, not in tune with the times or mentally unstable.
Politicians, ever the opportunists, started to sing the new mantra of 'talking to and making children understand' rather than simply caning them. Sounds good on paper but did it work? The popular argument is that caning students somehow predisposes them to violent behaviour when they become adults and that they are both physically and psychologically affected. If we subscribe to that theory, then we must have had at least a few generations of maniacs and nutcases on the loose last century. We turned out pretty well even If I should say so myself. Of course it must be kept in mind that there should be a protocol to follow strictly in the implementation of corporal punishment.
At the St. John's Institution where I had my schooling, caning was neither spared nor frowned upon then. I'm not sure about the present. We had teachers who wouldn't hesitate a second to cane if they thought that someone deserved it. Among the more strict teachers who didn't spare the rod were Mr Morais, Bro Patrick and Mr Noel Chow. I still keep in touch with some of my schoolmates and frankly, none of us became mentally stunted or psychologically handicapped because of the caning we got. On the contrary most of us today will be considered 'successful' by any standards.
Mollycoddling parents along with some groups of psychologists and paediatricians are actually doing a great disservice to pupils by their total opposition to corporal punishment. Views on child rearing may have changed but the problem of discipline among school-going kids has changed in tandem too. The deciding question is this. Are we as parents happy with the state of discipline of our children at home and at school? How you answer that will provide the solution to the big query - Should public caning be allowed in schools?
The Star report HERE
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