Education: Spanker

The proper kind of inkwell, the scientific height and slope for a desk, a dustless chalk, a shineless blackboard, hygienic methods of ventilation—these school details and many another have been well thought out. But punishment is still crude, unscientific, oldfashioned. You cane one child, thwack another, smack a third. Why should chastisement not be up-to-date, simple, exact? So ran the musings of a smart Australian pedagog. Last week the startled Ministry of Education in Sydney received, and began to ponder, a strange result of his thoughts: a contraption of many wheels, dials,...

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