One not-so smart Alec said on a phone-in “Did we have ADHD when we had caning in schools?”
In truth, when boys were savagely caned in secondary modern schools, teachers would tell you that it was always the same boys being caned. So that suggests attention deficiency was a factor with them.
We do know more about children than we did when I was a boy, and there is a lot less hitting among teachers and parents these days.
Detentions are said to be rife in some schools, and compulsory uniforms can create some problems for poorer parents.
St Faith’s Street, Lincoln