Letter: No nostalgia for corporal punishment

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Sir: There is one potent aid to discipline which I have not yet seen mentioned and that is sarcasm. My schooldays are in the distant past but I still remember the effectiveness of those teachers who employed this method of discipline. One felt flayed and did not willingly invite a second dose.

I also remember that the teachers that employed it were liked and respected and popular. One of them later became Principal of Holloway prison.

Yours faithfully


Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

5 January