Kiddy Bolger,  former Rockhampton Grammar School maths teacher, would be opposed to the reintroduction of the cane.
Kiddy Bolger, former Rockhampton Grammar School maths teacher, would be opposed to the reintroduction of the cane. Nikita Watts

Caning kids is no answer for handing out punishments

KIDDY Bolger is no stranger to the cane.

Growing up in the 1950s Kiddy was often subjected to the corporal punishment.

The Yeppoon man still remembers the day he was caned for simply watching a game of two-up.

"That was the worst one," he said.

"The headmaster had a cane cupboard. They would go from a 16th of an inch to half an inch."

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's education adviser Dr Kevin Donelly recently reopened the controversial cane debate with his comments on corporal punishment.

Dr Donelly said it could be very effective "if it's done properly".

But Kiddy, a former Rockhampton Grammar School maths teacher, doesn't agree.

Even when the tables turned and he found himself in the teacher's shoes, he didn't think it was right.

"I had a cane, but I never used it... I never needed to," he said.

"I would be opposed to it coming back.

"I think we understand the psychology now. Brutality leads to more brutality.

"We can achieve learning without the cane. There are other ways."



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