No Scruples For Wayward Children! T.B. Caswell

Illustration re corporal punishment of s

(Photo by Time Life Pictures/Mansell/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)


The Victorians had no such scruples and  used canes, the slipper, the ruler and even the belt, to discipline wayward children.

Perth Courier 1889

T.B. Caswell, headmaster of the Carleton Place school, had occasion to punish some pupils in his room.  Among them was the son of the Reeve Mr. Steele who felt so aggrieved that he undertook to punish the teacher for which he will have to answer at the next Quarter session.

Judging from the number of complaints made to the Board of Education at Carleton Place about the undue severity there must be quite a number of people in that town who are wiser than Solomon for we have his authority for saying “spare the rod”.  We will “spoil the child”.  A parent should rarely side with a pupil in the matter of discipline.

Read the Perth Courier at Archives Lanark


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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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