Corporal punishment in school, is highly debatable......I was one of those victims....belted in every class from an early age cause I'm a rotten speller:) Ffs I had DYSLEXIA and no-one knew............was called thick, stupid, lazy....a few names amongst many...........
Must admit you make a good point RedGypsy. There were always the teachers who used a strap or cane on a pupil for crazy reasons! A lot of the time it was used to humiliate a child - the nuns in the primary school I went to, were infamous for that!!!
I got the strap so many times at school, for so much stuff, that I became immune to it!
However I still believe the "short sharp shock" policy of the 60's and 70's, when I went to school, could work today!!!