Barbaric beatings have no place

18th February 2000 at 00:00
AS A trainee primary teacher, I was saddened to read that even now in the 21st century parents still want a return to the barbaric use of corporal punishment in schools (TES, January 7). For some pupils, school is the only secure and safe environment.Bringing back corporal punishment would take this away.

Far from teaching children respect, hitting them creates a deep sense of resentment and hatred between pupil and teacher.

Michael Green, 20 Corporation Road, Gillingham, Kent

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