Corpun file 24628 at www.corpun.com
Daily Mail, London, 17 April 1914, p.6
Teachers' Right to Cane.
Resolution agreed to.
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The "right to cane" resolution came before the
conference of the National Union of Teachers towards the close of
its session at Lowestoft yesterday and was agreed to.
The resolution, declaring that the right to administer corporal
punishment was a common right which rested in every teacher, and
not restrictively in the head teacher, publicly proclaimed the
right, and desired the executive immediately to request the Board
of Education to state definitely to local education authorities
that the teachers had the right and must not be interfered with
by local regulations.
It further urged that, failing the agreement of the Board of
Education, the certificated members of the union should have the
authority of the union in regard to their position to enforce
discipline, when necessary, to the extent which the law allowed,
all local rules to the contrary notwithstanding
Lady Stradbroke, attending a union gathering at Lowestoft in the
afternoon, gave the teachers her children's views on the caning
"We have been following your discussions in the newspapers
and have shared our reading of the debates with our boys, who are
in school. The paper on the subject of caning they could not
grasp at all. They seemed o think that caning was only natural
and was superior to scolding and punishment tasks. They could not
think what there was to discuss on this subject. (Laughter.)
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