Education: Beat Him When He Sneezes?

In Britain's House of Commons, the talk got around to the old question: should a schoolboy ever be beaten? Laborite Peter Freeman, president of the Vegetarian Society of Great Britain, wanted to forbid the "brutalizing" practice.

E. L. Gandar Dower, Tory M.P. for Caithness and Sutherland, reminisced about the canings he had received as a schoolboy: "I cannot remember that I ever suffered from it, and I took my revenge on my housemaster years later by making him my trustee and executor of my will. I think that that will show that I bore...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!