Corporal punishment in school: I find it regrettable that concern for very deserving human rights has now gone so far as to make it dangerous for the principals of our High Schools in the
13 June, 2010
Nowadays, school children are taught, by the absence of pain and suffering for wrongdoing, that there are no consequences for breaking the rules. The result is chaos in schools and in society. We have to have police security at all our school gates to confiscate the knives and guns, and we have to send students to the hospital suffering from wounds and injuries. The child psychologists who have corrupted our education system in this way have a great deal to answer for. It is due to their teaching that so many of our students can hardly read and write and have no self-discipline.
I do not consider a caning in school of a delinquent schoolboy to be in breach of the child's human rights. Nor do I believe such a caning to be inhuman treatment. There are many worse things that happen to school children that they survive and move on from. This includes sexual abuse and drunken maltreatment by their fathers, uncles and brothers. Such home conditions affect a significant percentage of our school children, yet no one does anything about it. The perpetrators continue to attend church every Sunday and are accepted as prominent and distinguished members of our society.
I include, as an equally unacceptable form of child abuse, the fact that most of our Primary School children in
Anguilla arrive in the High School unable to read or write.
This aversion to a healthy, harmless and effective form of corporal punishment is the most degenerate of the modern norms of European culture that we are being told we must emulate, or be in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.