Spare The Rod…?

A school secretary has been found guilty of hitting a pupil.

…and don’t get arrested! I can’t say I like this modern aphorism.

How badly did this elderly woman beat this poor little child anyway?

Southampton Magistrates Court heard how Farmer, 57, stepped in to help the student move from one room to another on January 22 this year.

Alison Collier, a school staff member, giving evidence, said she saw Farmer raising her arm and hit the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on his upper arm.

Hmmm, it’s her school staff colleagues that are rushing to dob her in? Ism’t that a little fishy?

Alison Zebede, giving evidence, told the court she was 15 feet away from Farmer and the victim and said she heard a smack.

Ms Zebede, who also works at the school, added: “It was a clear smacking sound to me. The sound of somebody being hit on a bare skin.

What’s her story?

Farmer told the court the victim was “moving slowly towards her” when she was in the room and “had his back towards her”.

She added: “There was a chair by the door. I’m pretty sure I said stop, stop and he didn’t do that so I instinctively put my arm up to stop him. He was getting quite close to the doorway and he was still not turning around.”

Seems fair enough. But clearly not to the magistrates.

Charles Cochand, defence, described Farmer as a “trusted and much-loved” member of staff, experienced in dealing with children.

Farmer, of Brook Avenue, New Milton, was released on unconditional bail. She is due to be sentenced at Southampton Magistrates Court on September 25.

Well, that’ll be one to watch. The comments are – unsurprisingly – illuminating.

And we wonder why we have a youth problem.

12 comments for “Spare The Rod…?

  1. September 21, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Keep us posted.

  2. john in cheshire
    September 21, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    I remember when I retired someone contacted me about retraining to be a teacher. I declined the invitation. They then asked me why and I said there are too many communists in teaching and I don’t want to spend my time with them. I didn’t hear from them again.

  3. ScotchedEarth
    September 22, 2018 at 9:01 am

    The State should not have been allowed to take over education—it was a con with the State only taking control of a thriving private education sector to inculcate the worship of government. Our faith schools’ teaching about the 1870 Education Act amounts to little more than:
    And lo! the masses did toil mightily within the darkness of their illiteracy. The Government said: Let the plebs be taught: and it was so, and the masses did rejoice.
    (Assuming they still teach anything at all about the 1870 Education Act—reading the news suggests today’s curriculum is devoted to LGBT+ and Islam.)

    But it’s a lie: there was no need for it as the working classes were ‘doin’ it for themselves’:

    [T]he proportion of the entire population which was at school rose from 7 per cent in 1818 to 13 per cent in 1858—a near doubling in forty years. Education was taking off like a rocket—and this was all happening when there were no state schools.
    [Graph showing rising percentage of population at school omitted]
    It is no exaggeration to say that the first half of the century saw an explosion of schooling and that it took place with very little involvement of the state. As Professor E.G. West remarked, ‘When the government made its debut in education in 1833 mainly in the role of a subsidiser it was as if it jumped into the saddle of a horse that was already galloping.’
    Where, then, had this galloping horse reached by 1870? The Newcastle Commission in 1861 sought to discover how many children were at school and then estimate what percentage of all children must be receiving schooling. The figure the commissioners came to was 95.5 per cent. Even this may have been an underestimate. Elsewhere in the research was evidence that children spent slightly less time at school than the Commission had assumed. If the average time spent at school was less but numbers at school were the same, a higher proportion of children must have been to school than the Commission had estimated: virtually 100 per cent.

    (Bartholomew, James. The Welfare State We’re In. London: Methuen, 2004. 153.)
    Also see: Bartholomew, James. “Education Without the State—British Private and Charitable Schooling in the 19th Century and Beyond.” Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung Occasional Paper 26. Paper presented at the conference “Liberal Education—International Perspectives” organised by the Liberal Institute of the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung, Potsdam 2–4. September 2005.

    Don’t waste time demanding that corporal punishment, the 11-plus, etc. be restored. Instead, demand that the State GTFO of education altogether and return to its core functions. Also, if you have school-age children, homeschool them while you still can.

    [T]he tragedy is that because government is doing so many things it ought not to be doing, it performs the functions it ought to be performing badly. The basic functions of government are to defend the nation against foreign enemies, to prevent coercion of some individuals by others within the country, to provide a means of deciding on our rules, and to adjudicate disputes.

    (Friedman, Milton. Why Government is the Problem. Hoover Institution Press, 1993. 6.)

    • Pcar
      September 22, 2018 at 10:26 pm


      Excellent. Thank you.

  4. Pcar
    September 22, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    @James H

    Please enable Comment URLs

    Being able to link to a comment will increase site visits.

  5. September 23, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    I put ths in now:

    And your comment came straight up. Don’t know what’s happening at your end.

    Will get advice tomorrow.

  6. September 23, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Working each time. Here’s one of yours:

    I got that from the sidebar, went to your comment, clicked and it came straight up.

    We are exploring this to see what we can do.

  7. Pcar
    September 25, 2018 at 9:01 pm


    “Permalink” has appeared.

    Many thanks for investigating and fixing.

    • September 26, 2018 at 3:38 am

      This is mine host entirely who inserted it in the code unbidden.

      • Pcar
        September 26, 2018 at 10:25 pm

        Your diligence is much appreciated.

        Thank You.

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