17 Sep '11, 5am

Many UK parents believe that the cane should be reintroduced to restore order to the classroom

LONDON - Almost half of parents in Britain believe that the cane should be reintroduced to restore order to the classroom, research suggests. Some 49 per cent of parents and 19 per cent of secondary school pupils who were surveyed are in favour of corporal punishment to crack down on the worst offenders, it was revealed. The survey of 2,000 parents and 530 children by the Times Educational Supplement has also found strong support for greater use of other back-to-basics discipline measures including detention, expulsion and forcing badly behaved children to write lines. The YouGov research also found that 85 per cent of parents believed teachers were now less respected than when they were at school and 83 per cent said they faced stricter classroom discipline as children. The disclosure comes amid claims from Mr Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, that "adult authority" ...

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