I’m not going to try to defend the Laurel Special ed teacher who used neckties to tie the hands of two students behind their backs because they wouldn’t listen to the teacher mainly because they were special needs kids, and I have never had to work or be around them.
And this is a different day and time; discipline is not a priority in schools today.
In my time the teacher would have been awarded the ‘toughest teacher of the year award’, not by the school but by the parents.
Under today’s discipline, or lack of guidelines, many of my teachers would be behind bars. You never heard of student teacher relationships, although I do recall one hot looking teacher in junior high who quietly left school, but nothing was ever reported.
We had a teacher who chewed his pencils; one day he said he couldn’t find a pencil and my classmate stated, “perhaps you ate it”.
The teacher came to the student and slapped him in the face on the left and then the right. Do you think he went home and told his parents? No way because he would have gotten more for being disrespectful to the teacher, who was GOD.
We didn’t need GOD in the classroom as many say is the reason we have poor education today, we had respect and manners, which began at home.
Another incident from a smart mouth, this time a female teacher swatted a male student and blood flew across the room. Brutal, maybe, we didn’t think so, but you could hear a pin drop in my classrooms.
I once chuckled at a teacher because he missed the wastebasket tossing a wad of paper. He took me out in the hallway, grabbed me by the throat, raised me off the floor and dared me to laugh again. I never did.
Some teachers gave us verbal tongue lashings, but we never went home crying to mommy and daddy, because to them the teacher was always right.
We raised our kids the same way; when they came home with their swan song of how tough a teacher was our reply; “The teacher is the authority, they hold the upper hand, you do what they tell you and you’ll get along.” I think it worked although I think I may have had a clown once or twice or more from the boys, but they knew their limits and never got into trouble.
I don’t know when we lost discipline in schools, whether it was a legal action from the liberal activists who can go too far sometimes, but it is a shame.
My late wife often said in her wisdom, “Until we put discipline back in schools, we’ll never have a good education system.” Well put honey.