Imagine if Teachers Were Caned for Their Own Incompetence

I am vehemently against corporal punishment in all cases. Teachers should never have the right to enforce physical punishment on their students.

But to the those that do, I wonder, how would they feel if their superiors were legally allowed to inflict corporal punishment for their own incompetence?

How would they feel if they were caned for failing to complete their planners on time?

How would they feel if they were caned for overlooking bullying issues in their classroom?

How would they feel if they were caned for failing to cover the curriculum?

Children, for all their weaknesses, are no different to adults. We all make mistakes and we all have our lapses in judgements. Caning a student for not reading aloud is tantamount to a teacher being caned for not responding to a parent email:

A seven-year-old girl student of a private school here was hospitalised after being beaten by her class teacher for not reading her English lesson aloud in class.

The girl’s mother got to know of the incident from the school bus driver when he called her to take her daughter from the vehicle, police said.

The child then told her mother that the teacher had beaten her with a ruler because she did not read aloud in class.

The girl was admitted to a hospital last evening. Police have registered a case against the woman teacher on a complaint from the girl’s father.

He alleged that the principal had not taken any action against the teacher despite parents bringing the incident to her notice and instead asked them to give a written complaint.

Click on the link to read Teachers Who Beat Kids Should Be Put Away!

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One Response to “Imagine if Teachers Were Caned for Their Own Incompetence”

  1. John Tapscott Says:

    I was caned plenty as a child. What’s more I much preferred that to writing lines. I got it over with. As a teacher I didn’t get caned but was subjected to all sorts of mental torture. Had I been a student in today’s world I would have been diagnosed with something, either Asperger Syndrome or ADHD. Teachers get diagnosed too these days. Such diagnoses are usually according to stereotype. Some teachers are diagnosed because of a cluttered desk. Others are diagnosed because of less than perfect paperwork. Any slight deviation from the superimposed “norm” invites a stereotypical diagnosis, followed by all manner of remedial measures designed not to remediate but to repudiate and reject.

    Just heard about a colleague of mine; a young teacher who I had mentored for a while. I had faith in this fellow’s ability and motivation as a teacher. The school hierarchy did not. In fact at one point they had no less than 12 supervisory types pecking on him. The difficulty was his class were not up to the syllabus in terms of prior learning. His supervisors enforced the syllabus. They had nothing else. (When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.) They thought, stereotypically, that his problem was understanding the syllabus. No it wasn’t. The problem was that the mandated and enforced syllabus was not appropriate for his students. He was set up to fail. His students were set up to fail. He knew what he was being forced to do wasn’t working but wasn’t allowed the latitude to do something different.

    He was eventually transferred to another school where he managed to do much better. He was then accepted in a course to retrain as a maths teacher. When he graduated he was appointed to a high school with a similar regime to the one in which he had the prior set of problems. Even one of the supervisory types had transferred to his new school so the stereotype was allowed to be revived. He ran into problems the same as he had at his first school. This time they put him on an improvement program. Somehow they think they can make a teacher with difficulties improve by increasing his burdens. (Is that logical?) Finally they gave him the sack. These were state schools.

    He then secured employment in a Catholic school. He is now beginning to bloom as a teacher. He’s been through hell and survived. He says a bad day at St XXXX’s is 100% better than a good day in his previous state school experience.

    You know what? Whether it’s the cane or lines, detention or improvement programs it all seems to spring from a punitive mind set. Old habits die hard when you live in a nation that began as a penal colony.

    Has anyone noticed how more boys experience learning difficulty, ADHD, behaviour disorder and suspension? Has anyone noticed that more boys drop out or disengage from the education process in other ways? Has anyone noticed the current galloping feminisation of the teaching service? (2 in 3 promotions go to females, 3 in 4 new teachers are female). Do I have to state the bleeding obvious?

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