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May 09, 2003

Hickory Stick

Parents, Shopping for Discipline, Turn to Tough Schools Abroad
Ryan quickly learned the rules: stay silent, be compliant, don't look up, don't look out the window, don't speak unless spoken to. The punishments for breaking the rules included solitary confinement, lying on the floor in a small room, nose to the ground, often for days on end.

No beatings? Their punishment methods don't even approach turn of the century British public school discipline, and this is supposed to be shocking? But wait!

A youth who rises to Levels 4, 5 and 6 can become a "junior staff member" and "participate in the discipline process" against lower-level youths, Casa's contract with parents says.

"The authority is in your hands," said Ryan Pink, 19, of El Paso, who reached Level 5 at Casa. "You can discipline kids. The younger kids — they were constantly being restrained, being punished, put in R and R for four or five days. Nose to the wall. Or nose to the ground. And at night you sleep in the hallways.

The horror, the horror. Kids in charge of kids! It's just like Lord of the Files, Mildred! Those poor kids need a proactive counselor and some circle time, poor lambs.

Bah. Sounds like fagging to me.

It is one of the wholesome regulations of a public school that those who have raised themselves to a certain position should have authority over others inferior to them - not in age or bodily strength, but in mental qualifications. This authority, of which there are various grades, and to which all rise in their turn, is very instrumental in upholding the discipline, which would otherwise require the exercise of a stricter surveillance on the part of the masters.'

'But are there not many who abuse this power by employing it in a capricious and unjust manner? I have heard, moreover, that those who have suffered most as fags, have become, as soon as they possess authority themselves, the most tyrannical towards their inferiors, pleading as their excuse the example of their former masters!'

'Of course there are exceptions to every rule; doubtless there are some who have no feeling of personal responsibility towards those set over them; but this is not often the case. With regard to your last objection, I think bullying has a tendency to bring out a boy's character in a true light; if he be well disposed, the recollection of his own sufferings will make him kind to his inferiors; if, on the contrary, he be of a rougher and harder temper, the remembrance of what he has himself undergone will embitter him towards others. After all, I have not mentioned the most conclusive argument in favour of fagging; it is a fact established on long experience, that in those schools in which no legitimate authority is acknowledged, bodily strength exercises a tyranny far more oppressive.'

Got to prepare the little bastards for the duties of Empire somehow; emulating the educational system of the last Western empire is a good a place as any to start.

The only thing that bothers me about the Wwasp programs is that most of them are outside the U.S. Dollars to doughnuts at least half of the reported problems spring from that fact. It's not as if those schools wouldn't relocate if they could; enrollment would probably triple. But the same laws and attitudes that have emasculated American public education prevent it. Schools like the one described wouldn't be tolerated by the educational establishment; their very existence is a symptom of the failure of the NEA and her ilk.

What education needs is more trivium and less self esteem and football, the bastard combination of philosophy and jockocracy that has ruined so many schools. Until someone other than the Christians discovers this, the Hellmouth will continue to grow.

Posted by Bigwig at May 9, 2003 01:49 PM | TrackBack
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