There's no place for the strap today

THANK goodness sanity prevailed on Wednesday surrounding debate on the return of corporal punishment to our schools.

How could anyone possibly believe the 'cane' or 'strap' has any place in today's education system?

Sure, there are probably people out there who think such a move would make a big difference to discipline but society has well and truly moved on from those days.

We shouldn't even be discussing such measures and it was encouraging to see Education Minister Christopher Pyne move quickly to shun comments made by National Curriculum Review co-chair Kevin Donnelly to a Sydney radio station.

Most amazing was Mr Donnelly's revelation there are schools in Australia still advocating the use of such forms of punishment.

Most amazing was Mr Donnelly's revelation there are schools in Australia still advocating the use of such forms of punishment.

Fairfax Media even quoted one WA school confirming students could not be enrolled without signing a form permitting the use of the 'cane' as a form of discipline.

That community should be horrified by such action.

The world has moved to an era where taking a strap or cane to a student just isn't accepted practice.

Any laws that allow such disciplines should be immediately reviewed and strengthened to outlaw the practice.


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