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Daily Mail, London, 10 September 1927, p.5
A Good Healthy Caning.
Mr. Bingley Was Right.
By John Blunt.
I sympathize with Mr. Bingley, the Marylebone magistrate, for
refusing an application for a summons against a London County
Council teacher who had caned a pupil.
Better than nagging.
It is a great mistake to treat boys in too namby-pamby a
fashion. Rough and ready methods are often the best, and it is
much better to give a boy a caning and have done with it than to
nag at him and read him moral lectures. The kind of master who
prefaced his caning by the remark that it hurt him more than it
hurt you and then wept over you was very unpopular in my day;
whereas the kind of master who caned you cheerfully and then
never alluded to your delinquency again was popular.
Bears no malice.
Of his own accord no ordinary boy declares that he has been unjustly treated when he has been caned. He bears no malice -- as in a few days he bears no marks -- for he quite appreciates that school life is inevitably something of a rough and tumble and that if he breaks a rule or is lazy the punishment will be short and sharp.
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