When “Visiting with Your Neighbor” Was a Crime.

1 Sep

I’m sure that in the contemporary era (a time that abounds with helicopter parents and a billions of  lawyers) discipline has changed considerably in Catholic schools.  This is how it was in the mid 50’s and early 60’s. 

“Although, a stern look or gesture usually suffices when getting to the bottom of — who’s talking with their neighbor in the back of the room –and thus distracting all the students who want to learn — sometimes more enhanced methods are required.”

“But I hasten to add if you lose self-control how can you expect the pupils to achieve it?  Never slap a child. It’s sign that you have lost it. Plus it often inflicts as much pain to the disciplinarian as it does to the class disruptor.”

“Instead the yardstick can be used effectively on the back of the legs.  Or the wooden pointer will enable you to reach a higher rate of speed for maximum wallop.  I doubt if Satan himself would give you a defiant look after a bout with an expertly wielded pointer.  Be warned the effectiveness of either is considerably weakened if the rule breaker is wearing corduroy pants.”

“If you don’t want to waste any class time an excellent punishment is placing several books on the outstretched arms of the kneeling delinquent.  Who knows they might even open them later and do some studying?  I’m joking, of course.”

“Never send them to the cloak room.  They will only smile and joke with their friends.  At lunch they’ll brag to their buddies how they got the easy sister this year.  That sort of reputation only leads to the kind of daily chaos we call — teaching at the public school.”

“Thank you for you attention and join us for our seminar on Friday– How to Get Chalk Dust Out of the Back or Your Habit.”





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