A survey has revealed that one in five teachers in Great Britain would support the right to use corporal punishment in "extreme" cases of bad behaviour. They complained about the deterioration of behaviour in schools, more than 20 years after physical punishment was abolished.
Comments from teachers who took part in the opinion poll suggest that some are desperate for new measures to deal with poor behaviour. A primary school teacher said that there is justification for bringing back corporal punishment, even if only as a prevention, because children just don't respond to the current sanctions. A substitute teacher commented that children's behaviour is now absolutely offensive in the majority of schools, where there are no sanctions at all.
Children's rights charities and teaching associations wanted to distance themselves from these teachers' views. The chief executive of "Zero Violence Against Children", Alphonse Condary, said: "The findings of this survey demonstrate an implicit acceptance that corporal punishment is still in some way an answer to problems, and this is a shame on the system." The general secretary of the National Association of Teachers added that 80% of teachers reject a return to corporal punishment, and that they cannot support the views expressed by those in favour of hitting children.
A spokeswoman for the Government's Department for Children, Schools and Families said: "The authority of school staff should not be challenged by pupils. Teachers already have the legal power to use reasonable force to control pupils. Nevertheless, this power must be used appropriately and only when the risks of not using force are greater. Violence against children is clearly unacceptable".
I. READING COMPREHENSIONANSWER QUESTIONS 1-2 ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION GIVEN IN THE TEXT. USE YOUR OWN WORDS.
1. Why are some teachers in favour of using corporal punishment?
- It seems that for these teachers, the current system of sanctions isn't working satisfactorily, and behaviour at school is getting worse and worse, so they would prefer a more direct and physical immediate solution to the problem of discipline at school.
- He criticises that the educational system hasn't been able to get rid of the traditional view of corporal punishment as a way of dealing with improper behaviour in the classroom, and therefore that it hasn't been able to develop other means to solve the problem.
ARE THESE STATEMENTS TRUE OR FALSE? JUSTIFY YOUR ANSWERS WITH THE PRECISE WORDS OR PHRASES FROM THE TEXT, OR USE YOUR OWN WORDS.
3. Corporal punishment in schools is still legal in Britain.
- TRUE: 'A spokeswoman for the Government Department for Children, School and Families said... this power must be used appropriately and only when the risks of not using force are greater' (lines 15, 17- 18)
II. USE OF ENGLISH7. FIND IN THE TEXT ONE OPPOSITE FOR "accept" (VERB).
"There is something wrong ... the school system."
- to / with / on / of
"Spanish society has often supported humanitarian causes".
"I wish my classmates (behave) ......... better at school next year".
- behave / would behave / would have behaved / had behaved
"That was my school. I was educated at it."
I if were school go that you would I to