>I don’t know whether it was the journalist or Tory MSP Alex Johnstone who got this wrong, but I had to laugh when he was quoted in today’s times, calling for the return of the belt to schools, as saying “School discipline is reaching crisis point and giving individual head teachers the power to decide whether or not to use capital punishment would be a good move.”
I am sure that even the Tories wouldn’t approve of executions at play time.
It’s of course disappointing that they can’t come up with anything more imaginative than a return to the days of the belt. It is perfectly possible to instil good discipline and be strict without the use of violence. My friend works in a school for children who have been seriously damaged by their upbringings. It’s a very positive place, with a lot of work being done to raise the children’s self esteem and expectations of themselves. Discipline is firm – but corporal punishment, even if it were an option, is not needed.