INDISCIPLINE: Caning won’t work today

Monday, July 02, 2012

I REFER to the debate on indiscipline among students. Some had even called for the reintroduction of caning in schools. We simply cannot compare the situation in the 1960s or the 1970s with the situation today as those were different eras.

While caning was effective then, it is not so today. During my time in the 60s, if we were caught misbehaving, we would be wetting our pants while waiting for the disciplinary teacher to come to the detention room.

Today you can have a 7-footer, with a curled moustache and a 10-foot cane as a disciplinary teacher, but the students won’t even blink.

Telling children stories about the 60s and 70s is like telling a blind person the colours of the rainbow. We as a human race are evolving — for better or worse.

There’s no point living in the past. It’s good to be nostalgic, but we have to face reality.

I would like to write about what I witnessed recently between a friend and her daughter.

On that particular day, the daughter was misbehaving. The mother warned her if she persisted with what she was doing, she would be caned.

The next minute, the daughter came with a cane and asked the mother which hand she preferred.

The daughter was playing a psychological game and she was only 10 years old.

I think today’s children will be more afraid if you warn them about not getting their iPhone/iPad for their coming birthday rather than the cane.

This has to start from home and all the way to school.

Tony Lim, Kuala Lumpur

Read more: INDISCIPLINE: Caning won’t work today – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/indiscipline-caning-won-t-work-today-1.101033#ixzz1zQesaDsY