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Worst punishment

Worst punishment

Misbehaving school pupils should be made to do lines, write essays, run around a playing field or pick up litter, according to guidance issued by the Department for Education last week. It prompted athlete Brendan Foster to complain the education secretary was "demonising" running. Rachel Orr, headteacher, Holy Trinity Rosehill VA CE primary school in Stockton-on-Tees wrote: ‘I went to school in the days when the cane was around. I never got it, but I was smacked twice when I was six or seven. I don't know how much the fear of the cane affected me. It was just accepted that if you did something really bad then that was what would happen. But it wasn't necessarily the fear of consequences that stopped you from misbehaving, it was your family background and the values you'd been raised with.’

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