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Your letters

Memories shared, frustrations aired and useful tips to boot…


School days’ punishment

After reading William Burke’s letter (FT August) about corporal punishment in his school, I was reminded of a picture I drew during my primary school days in the 1950s.

I am a little uneasy about it now, but obviously at the time it didn’t worry me unduly, although it must have made an impression on me as we could choose any subject at all to write about in our exercise book (usually, in my case, princesses or flowers), so this was a strange choice. I don’t like the look of the weapon’, but I think allowance must be made for my lack of artistic skill – at worst I think it may have been a small cane, not the blackboard rubber it resembles!

In connection with this incident, I asked one of my primary school classmates if he remembered much corporal punishment. He replied:

I don’t particularly remember the school as using smacking very much as a punishment – but it was always there …being a sort of deterrent, but not really used much in reality.

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