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Corporal Punishment in Schools.

Mr G. W. Williamson, head-master of the Waipawa School (the third in size in Hawke's Bay), in a report to bis Committee uses somo very plain language aboat the use of the oane. He says:—"l have made oarefnl inquiry into the compUint made by Mr Whyman (regarding the excessive punishment of his boy by Mr Burt, the second master), in accordance with the Committee's request, and find that the punishment was merited. The boy is nearly fourteen years of age, and it would be a hard matter to punish a boy of that age severely enough without leaving a mark on his hands. There must of necessity be a wale wherever a blow is struck. I myself do not remember ever being punished at school in that way without bearing the mark of it for two or three days. The discipline of the school must be kept up, and boys of that age, if they transgress, must be punished in Buch a way as to make them remember it, otherwise it only creates a laugh amengst them. The fact is there is too much • molly coddling' of boys going on, to the detriment of all manly feeling. In my time if a boy went home complaining about being punished he would not only have been unmercifully chaffed by the other boys but would have received another thrashing at the hands of his father for not being man enough to take a hiding when he deserved it. In the colonies it is different, and hence the outcry of larrikinism from one end of the country to the other; and I am afraid it will soon come to this, that teaehere will not be able to even look at a boy without their being threatened with a report to the School Committee. It is no wonder, when such a state of things exists, that one finds boys when ordered out for punishment putting on their capß and running out of school, aa happened to-day when a boy was called out by Mr Burt. When I acquainted his sister with it, in order that the lad might be sent back to school when she returned home, I was coolly told "Oh, father told him to do so." According to the regulations, corporal punishment is to be administered by certificated teachers, and I should wish it known by parents that, in the preservation of order and discipline of the school, for which I am responsible to the inspector and the Board, at the risk of losing my position if I fail, I shall never shirk my duty in this respect, and should a boy fail in respeotor obedienoe he will always get, if he deserves it, a sound good hiding. Speaking from a lengthened experience extending over thirty years, I can conscientiously assert that there is less corporal punishment administered in this school than in any other school I know of, and I am afraid its in/requeney is the oause of so muoh hubbub being made about it when it does occur. If Mr Whyman still feels aggrieved he has bis remedy in a court of law.

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Corporal Punishment in Schools., Evening Star, Issue 7960, 16 July 1889

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Corporal Punishment in Schools. Evening Star, Issue 7960, 16 July 1889