But some things seldom change. Teaching was never a bed of roses. "I am teaching this week and feeling like hell," were the sentiments of Jennie Lee, the Fifer who went on to become a Labour MP and wife of Aneurin Bevan, the minister who created the National Health Service.
There were remedies, however. "The children tested her," Lee's biographer wrote. "By her account, she gave a leading troublemaker two strokes of the strap" (appropriately for a lass from Lochgelly).
And then: "He laughed and threatened to throw her slates at her. She struggled with him and then spanked him."