Suffer the teachers

YOUR front page article in Monday’s edition ‘Classroom beating row’ refers.

While not wanting to advocate a return to corporal punishment as a means of instilling discipline among schoolchildren, I am of the opinion that this matter needs to be revisited.

Ill discipline in the classroom is a major problem.

In the article, an online respondent, Xoli Luthuli, summed it up perfectly.

‘Primary school kids are using cellphones in class, that is why I changed professions. I could not stand the back talk, name calling, refusal to follow rules, not following what I say, cursing and yelling’.

Indeed. It is all good and well for psychologists and parents to preach about the trauma of corporal punishment visited upon children – and for authorities to simply ban the practice.

But what is the alternative?

Children by nature are errant and will test authority to the utmost.

The current disciplinary measures devised by the head shrinkers, whatever they are, are obviously not working.

The youth of today are a law upon themselves because lazy parents and chained teachers don’t or can’t teach them true values required in a civil society.

By the way, I have never heard any of my generation from the old school, whose backsides often bore the brunt for misdemeanours, complain of lasting traumatic after effects. We tested the limits and accepted the consequences.

Today we laugh about the caning and all have emerged as well adjusted adults. Had it not been for the physical reprimands instead of the softly-softly psycho babble, we probably all would have become arrogant louts as witnessed today.

By all means ban corporal punishment, but come up with a practical, effective alternative through which children will learn the consequences of their actions.

What’s on the table now is failing.


Zululand observer

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