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Because you also want to show parents' views, on classroom management and disciplinary ethics, article 4 shows how standards of discipline and parents' responses to teachers' strategies have drastically changed with the times. This article, "The Day I Was Whacked," gives a more personal perspective on the topic. It is by Brian Bergman and is found in Maclean's from 1/12/2004, Vol. 117, Issue 2. I've attached it here for you to read:
When I got the strap, parents didn't challenge teachers. Times change.
I WAS INTRIGUED to read recently about a mother's outrage over the fact that her eight-year-old son had been shown, though not slapped with, the strap after a teacher pulled him aside for pushing another student to the ground. The incident took place at an elementary school in Warburg, Alta., about 70 km southwest of Edmonton. "I'm extremely upset," said the boy's mother, who plans to challenge the local school board's policy, which allows for corporal punishment. "Under no circumstances will they be giving my child a strap. It is archaic and violent."
Like many others, I suspect, I had thought the strap had gone the way of Hula Hoops and marbles as a fixture of schoolyard life. In fact, it occurs to me that many younger readers may not even know what "getting the strap" means (it was, children, a once common practice wherein teachers or principals would whack errant students several times on the hand with a short length of black leather or rubber in an attempt to change their behaviour). I've since learned that, while corporal punishment is banned from schools in British Columbia, Ontario, the four Atlantic provinces and the three territories, it remains legal elsewhere, with the final decision left up to individual school boards. In Alberta, according to the latest tally, 35 boards shun the practice, 16 allow it (among them, the Black Gold school division, which includes the village of Warburg), and seven have no policy.
The news story stirred up some old memories of my own exposure to the strap, and got me thinking about how our notions concerning classroom discipline have evolved since I attended elementary school in Edmonton in the 1960s. I recall, in particular, the young, male teacher I had for both Grade 5 and 6 -- we'll call him Mr. P. -- who began each school year by soundly slapping the strap on his desk several times as fair warning of what would happen to us if we fell out of line. Mr. P. was also fond of sneaking up behind miscreants (those who, for example, spoke to each other in class) and lifting them out of their desks by their ears. Gallant to a fault, Mr. P. reserved this punishment for the boys. But if the offending students happened to be a boy and a girl, he would also make them go to the front of the class for extended periods of time and hold hands. Surely no crueller fate could befall a 10-year-old.
Since Mr. P. was also our phys. ed. teacher, other dangers lurked in the school gymnasium. One of his favourite activities was dodge ball, a game of tag in which players get hit as hard as possible with a large leather ball. Mr. P. was not above throwing his own shots -- and, believe me, they were stingers -- at students who had somehow displeased him.
As for the strap, I received it only once, and have no memory of my offence. What I do recall is a group of us in the principal's office getting duly whacked. It stung, but did not wound. The trick was not to cry. If you could pull that off, "getting the strap" became a badge of honour.
His sadistic tendencies aside, Mr. P. was a very good teacher. He was the first one to encourage me to write and was full of praise when I penned my first play (a derivative little thing about the Peanuts cartoon characters and a Christmas production), which he got my classmates to stage. If it weren't for him, I might not have spent the past 25 years inflicting my words on hapless magazine and newspaper readers.
So I mention all this not as a way of exorcising personal demons, but to note how profoundly times have changed. As a parent who now has children in elementary school, I find a couple of things stand out. First, it's hard to imagine Mr. P., or his ilk, cropping up today in a mainstream school. Second, if they did, they would surely be rooted out and swiftly shown the door.
As kids, the last thing that occurred to us was to complain about someone like Mr. P. to our parents. As loving and caring as they might have been -- and mine certainly fell into this category -- they wouldn't have thought about challenging a teacher's actions on this score. "The teacher is the boss," they would have said. "You've got to follow the rules." Today, the first thing a kid would do is go to his parents -- and likely elicit a sympathetic response. That's what happened in the Warburg case, where the mother ...
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