In history most cultures have practiced corporal punishment on adults in settings of imprisonment or slavery.Frequently employed methods are flagellation and caning.Although there have been some calls for the reinstitution of corporal punishment in response to rising crime rates in the United States and other countries in the post-World War II era, corporal punishment continues to be regarded as an inhumane and barbaric relic of the , which was adopted by the United Nations in 1989, forbids the physical abuse of children by parents or other caregivers.
Other youngsters were given smacks and slaps for a range of misdemeanours including biting, an attack on a girl’s neck, 'continual disruptive behaviour' and 'repeated acts of vandalism and indiscipline.
Learning the hard way: The record of corporal punishment from Greenfield Primary School in the late 1970s records how 'six blows on the rump' and 'two smacks on the bottom' were dished out as punishments to naughty chilren The book was accompanied by a list of rules set down by council officials which said that corporal punishment could only be inflicted for 'very grave offences until other methods have been tried and failed.'The rules stated it could only be used as a method of disciplining children by the headmaster or teachers with at least three years experience using a 'thin flexible cane' supplied by the education authority.
By the early 21st century, more than 100 countries had also banned the corporal punishment of children in schools.
The punishments dealt out in the 1970s and 80s were detailed in a book entitled 'Record of Corporal Punishment' found by headmaster Mike Wood as he looked for artefacts to help with his primary school’s centenary celebrations.
Children used to have to sit in silence years ago but now at school children collaborate, help each other and they’re listened to more.'It’s remarkable what good condition all these items were in because I don’t think they were put away with that intention.
It was fantastic because it was so close to the school’s centenary and there aren’t too many school that can say that now.It was also maintained that, for instance, the amputation of a pickpocket’s right hand would lessen his physical ability to commit similar crimes in the future or that the branding of a telltale mark upon his forehead would alert his potential victims in a crowd to take special precautions while they were in his vicinity.The claim that corporal punishment is an especially effective deterrent has been refuted by empirical evidence, however, which shows that offenders who are punished by corporal means are actually slightly more likely to commit further crimes than are those punished by imprisonment. Corporal punishments include flogging, beating, branding, mutilation, blinding, and the use of the stock and pillory.In a broad sense, the term also denotes the physical disciplining of children in the schools and at home.The original register, from when the school first opened in 1912, gives details of what the children went on to do once they had left including working in the textile mills, telegraph boy, joiner, shoemaker and even a dwarf in a show.