Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cut and Caned

Sydney Morning Herald
21 August 2009

Column 8

[...] Forensics and school punishments combine in this remarkable anecdote from Athol Greenhalgh, of Narraweena [...]: ''A story from my father who would have been at school in Newcastle in the 1920s,'' Athol writes. ''The teacher was doing a chemistry demonstration at the front of the room using glass equipment. It suddenly exploded, showering the room and students with glass fragments. The students trooped over the road to the nearest doctor and returned to class after repairs had been carried out. The teacher then inspected them all -- those with cuts to the back of their heads or behind their ears were promptly caned. They were irrefutable evidence that they had not been paying attention at the critical moment.'' [...]