when i was a kid there were three groups of people who you were "afraid" of getting on the wrong side
Teachers, The Local Bobby and your Parents.
Each of these groups of people had the "right" to punish you as they saw fit....be that a clout round the ear, slap across the back of the arse from your father, the cane (or belt in Scotland...a far more fearful weapon!!) or the local copper frogmarching you under restraint back into the arms of your parents.
you knew that when youe did something wrong....you were in trouble.....and eventually you learned that trouble was not a nice place to be in....so you modified your behavious accordingly and became reasonably well behaved citizens as you grew up.
Since all this "Social Charter" and PC nonsense has grown we have seen a slow, continual erosion of the "rights" of the three groups of people aforementioned to administer some sort of physical punishment to the children under their care/supervision. It is no coincidence that, as children have grown to realise that they will not be punished for misdemeanours, their beaviour has gradually worsened over the last twenty years.
Now I realise that there are certain people within the three groups mentioned that have, and would, abuse any laws that allowed them to physically punish children and their are groups of vulnerable children (and adults) that do need some protection....but I do think that things as they stand today have gone too far.
Parents, Teachers, the Police and courts are now virtually toothless in their powers to bring up kids and groom them for adulthood.
It starts with the parents...if a good discipline isnt establised in the early years (pre 6 or 7) then when these kids get into school the teachers are allready facing an uphill battle and by the time the kids leave school they see that the sentences handed out by courts are so meaningless that they are effectively unpunished....and those that do get a punishment wear it like a badge of honour.
Society is not broken....but it soon will be if this trend is allowed to continue.
Edited: 26/04/2010 at 10:41