How to use a whip in class: a tutorial from educators
If you lazybones think that classroom violence is in the past, try thinking again.
1. Learn on good examples
Ahmed was an average student from Morocco, neither a straight-A one nor a bum that never appeared on lectures. Yet he told me that when he was a schoolboy, he used to come back home with the soles of his feet beaten with a stick and bruises on his hands made by a ruler. “There’s nothing special about it”, Ahmed says. “If you misbehaved, like you switched to the local dialect of Arabian which is much easier to speak, you were most likely to be punished this way”.
A photo from The Hindu photo library. The corporal punishment like this is still very common in India
2. Mind the cultural difference
Corporal punishment is either allowed or used illegally in half the world: check out the map below to see where. The common tools are:
- a cane made of rattan or bamboo, most common and legalized for male classrooms in Singapore
- a leather strap
- a spanking paddle, a popular sex toy, by the way. “Find the spanking paddle of your dreams”, the cool-named site Woodrage.com calls
- a slipper. You don’t need to go far to get it.
The first country to ban corporal punishment was Poland. Generally, Western and Westernized countries are critical about corporal punishment, though this US map below shows how different the policies may be even in one country.
3. Count the hits
Throughout the history, corporal punishment and punishment in general has been administered publicly with a lot of formalities. There were, and there still are, special places, time, and regulations for it. The infographic shows the numbers of lashes given for different types of misconduct in the Stokes County School in 1848.
You may think that these regulations are even more detailed in contemporary schools, but strangely enough, the American legislation on the topic is quite blurred. A Corpun website site clearly shows that there’s no such thing as number-based spanking guidelines any more.
At the same time, the deeper we go into the history of corporal punishment, the more formalities appear and the less sadistic the laws are, says Dr Ben Parson, a historian of medieval school discipline from Leicester.
4. Psychological punishment
Many tutors believe that humiliation is even more effective than corporal punishment. Medical students are perhaps most unfortunate in this respect, according to the recent study of Michigan State University – http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/humiliation-tops-list-of-mistreatment-toward-med-students/. Offensive language, racial discrimination, sexist jokes, and other types of humiliation are known to more students that will ever dare reporting. For example, the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, a quarter of black students were suspended in the 2009-2010 school year, which is a rate much higher than suspension rate of white students.
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5. Be ready that they strike back
I really can’t watch this video without a pack of Hershey’s. This is a social experiment revealing how reluctant are people to stand for each other – and what happens when a class strikes back. Poor teacher: