Teachers on corporal punishment

Ria Taitt Political Editor
Sunday, June 22nd 2008

School ChildrenTeachers feel “disempowered” and “abandoned” on the issue of corporal punishment and classroom control as students mock them saying “Government say yuh cyar do me nothing”.

Eighty three per cent of teachers agree that corporal punishment should be allowed in secondary schools. And, according to 62 per cent of teachers, sexual deviance-pornography, sexual intercourse, sexual fondling and kissing- on the school premises are “big problems”.

But the issue on which there is the strongest consensus is the question of parental interest and support. A whopping 90 per cent of teachers say that parents and guardians show little or no interest in their children’s education and provide little or no support.
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63 Responses to “Teachers on corporal punishment”


  • hey neal, today im sadden an my heart bleeds, as right in my sweet trinidad this mother saw it fit to kill 2 innocent babes ….WHAT IN GOD NAME GIVE THIS WOMAN THE RIGHT TO EXECUTE THE INNOCENT FOR CRIMES THEY DID NOT COMMIT TO YOUNG TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS GOING ON …HANG WITH OUT JURY OR JUDGE…..CRYING 3YR OLD… WHAT DID I DO MOMMY ? THIS WOMAN NEEDED HELP MENTALLY …..GOD HELP US…SAM

  • Thanks Samuel , you just stole my thunder , as I was on the verge of writing something on the issue. I agree with you my friend that some form mental illness might be in place here , but let us not be too quick to rush to judgement . As a short pants T&T Cop for 10 years , I tend to be reluctant to rush too quick to judgement, as to what occurred here , suicide or homicide.
    http://guardian.co.tt/news/crime/2010/04/09/suicide-after-mom-kills-tots#comment-48786
    What to me is even more tragic , is that with the exception of perhaps you and myself , this subject would not create much stir in the conscience of decent folks across the nation , as many are more obsessed with the upcoming election , where one group of square pegs are due to some ‘possible miracle,’ about to be replace by others of similar ilk, that in the final analysis won’t make a dent on the plight of our innocent and adoring kids. Let’s continue to keep their hands to the fire my friends. I am ready to step things up a notch.
    Did I tell you then when I was 9 years or so , a certain lady I know ,took a very close relative of mine she was in charge of then of a similar age ,and stuck it in a pot of boiling water as a form of punishment , then threatened her to be quite when the authorities came knocking.
    Today that victim is 48 years old, and is taking care of the female culprit ,who is 66 , and in dire need ,as we speak. My education since then , might explain away what occurred way back then , but would never justify the breakdown in trust and responsibilities of a powerful one ,to the dependent other.
    Stay up , and in touch my friend. Get ready for the social revolution that is geared to liberating others in need.
    Give your young angels a hug from their symbolic ‘Cyber-Uncle’ Neal.

  • Texas city revives paddling as it takes a swat at misbehavior
    In an era when students talk back to teachers, skip class and wear ever-more-risque clothing to school, one central Texas city has hit upon a deceptively simple solution: Bring back the paddle.
    “A joint American Civil Liberties Union-Human Rights Watch report last year found that students with disabilities were disproportionately subjected to corporal punishment, sometimes in direct response to behavioral problems that were a result of their disabilities. Many educators and psychologists say that positive tools, such as giving praise for good behavior and withholding it for bad, are far more effective for discouraging misbehavior.”

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