Talking in class

I was in the third year at my primary school in the early 1950s, approaching my eighth birthday, long before the politically correct did away with cane, strap and tawse, and at a time when teachers had in loco parentis rights which were rarely challenged by parents and never by children!

I went to a primary school in Birmingham where corporal punishment of both sexes was fairly common. Teachers were allowed to punish in class but serious offences were dealt with by the cane in the headmaster’s study.

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