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 Post subject: Re: Books: The Chalet School and Richenda
PostPosted: 06 Nov 2017, 19:33 
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I was born in the 1940s. I was never smacked or hit in any way at school, remember being smacked just once by my father; my brother, cousin and I had been expressly told not to play in a local sand extraction pit, becaiuse it was dangerous - but we did. My brotherand I got smacked, but not my cousin because "she wasn't his child". I could see his point,but I still thought it wasn't fair! I was about 10 at the time, and they were 9 and 8.


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 Post subject: Re: Books: The Chalet School and Richenda
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Joyce - Mother's selective memory must have made it difficult. The school punishments also sound tough.

Ivohenry - Especially when a child anything unfair rankles.


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 Post subject: Re: Books: The Chalet School and Richenda
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My mother never regretted her physical punishments. They were for our own good and we should have been obedient. :shock: To be fair, it didn't happen often, but I can recall one morning when she chased me round the kitchen table to give me smack. I was 16!! :roll: I don't feel in any way angry about it all. That was the way it was - as it was at school. I was the first girl at my junior school to get the slipper, when they stopped caning the girls. That happened in 1955, and I have no idea why, as I was very timid child. There was, however, no physical punishment at my convent grammar school from 1957 onwards, and I never saw any physical punishments in any school when I started teaching in 1969 - although I did see some in some of my teaching practice schools up to that time.

Yes, Richenda's dad was harsh, but he expected her to respect his wishes, and she didn't. He was so wrapped up in his ceramics he didn't try to understand her, but she was still wrong. in the end, of course, it all worked out well, as they learned to understand each other, thanks to other people's wisdom.

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