School 60 years ago
Primary (Elementary) School
I went to several primary schools as a child because my parents moved house quite a few times. The one I went to longest was in Wales, where I had to learn to pronounce the LL sound again after forgetting when I went to school in England for a while! While Welsh was not the teaching language, lots of Welsh words were used because Welsh was the first language for all or most of the teachers. There was a Welsh medium primary school attached to the school I attended.
Corporal punishment (the cane) was used by most of the teachers. I was only caned occasionally. The teacher who did NOT use the cane smacked your legs or used a ruler. I remember getting caned by the head teacher once, I forget why. Those who were caned often said the best way to make it stop hurting was to put your hand straight under your armpit. That did help. Some teachers caned on the fingertips, others on the calluses at the base of your fingers. Fingertip caning hurt the most.
Children were punished for talking in class, copying, getting answers wrong, etc.
I didn't question it at the time. It was part of life and I know that I could try people's patience at times! (I probably still do).
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