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Home Explore the BBC. This has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about archiving. There are 26 messages in this section. Jimmy McGregor from Perth.
Posted 7 Mar For heating there was a large stove. I was now on to vulgar and decimal fractions, English Grammar, parsing, mental arithmetic, reciting poetry etc. Sometimes it would be merely for sheer inability on the part of the pupil. This happened to one girl so often that she decided to play truant.
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It was found out and her mother returned her to school and pleaded with the headmaster not to "belt" her. This was agreed and the mother departed from the classroom.
There elapsed only minutes and the belt was produced. Two whacks and the door burst open; mother rushed in, wheeled the headmaster round and kicked him in the backside with her wellington boot. The class was in an uproar and one girl fainted. Explore the BBC. BBC Home Scotland. Schooldays with the Strap. Eva Mack from Brig O' Turk. Posted 24 Mar Lining up for cod liver oil and orange juice, knitting scarves for the soldiers, picking rose hips for making syrup. These are some of the things I remember about school in The Norwegian Royal Band was stationed with us during the war and I remember when they left they gave us cans of golden syrup.
Fiona Middler from Stepps.
Posted 8 Apr I distinctly remember my first day at Stepps Primary School. In the early s there were two intakes and as my birthday was in October I wasn't permited to start school until the February intake. Because my mother had taught me reading and writing at home, when I did start school, I was allowed to sit with the August intake and the teacher, Miss Jackson, asked who I would like to sit beside.
I chose to sit beside a girl with beautiful long golden hair - mine was short and dark brown - we have been friends ever since. Laura from Utah.
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Posted 16 Dec I was never given the belt in Scotland. It was discussed among the kids at times in great detail salt and vinegar and feared. It was almost like an Urban Legend. Although, one time I threw a stone and it went off wrong and hit a boy. I guess I cried so much thinking that I might get the belt and was teased relentlessly by the other kids that I got off with just a slap on the hand.
It never seemed like the belt was given at my school out of malice or cruelty. The one or two times I saw it given was by one older teacher and usually done with the boy I don't remember any girls up in the front of the room with a big smug smile on his face. We all respected and to some extent feared our teachers.
I had no idea there was so much abuse of the belt for so many. Rosemary Borthwick. Posted 2 Apr It was Primary 3 Tommy had sworn in the playground. Miss Guild brought him in by the scruff of his neck, took him to the sink and washed his mouth out with carbolic soap. This was a much more impressive form of punishment than the 'belt'. I remember 'interval' time more than anything else. It must have been no more than 15 minutes but we seemed to play for an eternity.
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Staying seated in your desk was a feature of past times. We never moved without permission. We worked extremely hard in class and I do not remember doing much homework. Maurice Mallon from Dumbarton.
Posted 10 Apr I attended both primary and secondary schools at St Patricks in Dumbarton in the s. I hated both with a passion.
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The strap was used excessively, I was scared witless going to school in the morning. The secondary school day was split into 8 periods with 8 different teachers, so you had 8 excellent chances of getting the strap each day. At the end of his period, one teacher would ask for a show of hands of those he hadn't strapped.
He would call them out and strap the lot of them to show that he would not play favourites. Most of the kids left school at 15 or I wonder why?
Only 5 places were available. I placed 5th out of about I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I guess my tough education had some benefit after all. Tina Lawson.
Posted 25 Apr I am 25, thankfully by that time the belt was abolished and that 8 classes thing. I totally disagree with that form of punishment for young kids, teenagers also. Before I read your quote I never really had a clue about it all, so thank you for giving me a wee insight into your school life.
Theresa Pellowe from Hynes. Posted 13 Oct I remember the belt vividly, one time in particular was when my teacher had not got his and he sent me to get one.
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I went into the classroom next door and got a new strap, when I took it to my teacher he was disgusted with it as his was well used and he did not want to use 'that thing'. Thankfully he sent it back without using it.
I don't know what was worse getting the strap or the agony of delay of having to get a strap. Maurice Mallon. Posted 13 Nov Dear, Trish and Ann. Thank god that those days are over. The of letters on the subject certainly testify to the systematic abuse that was employed. I had the experience of going to night school for my 'O' Level English as part of my continuing education after I had left school. What a difference, this former sadist who terrified me was a nice as could be and took extraordinary care with his nightschool class.
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So why could'nt he do that in his day job? Ann Young. Posted 14 Jul Dear Maurice I attended St. Mungos's primary school in Stanhope St. Belting the children was how the teachers kept fit. I got the belt every day that God sent because I couldn't understand what the teacher was saying. The experience left me totally traumatised for the rest of my life. Jim Fraser from Oz. Posted 22 Oct We had one vicious teacher at Holyrood School who took a delight in strapping kids en masse.