I have to admit, gentle reader, that I did get the strap on a number of occasions in primary school - usually for talking in class.
There was one teacher in my primary school who was especially feared. She gave us spelling and arithmetic tests on Friday mornings and added up the scores. We moved desks according to these scores - highest scores at the back and
numpties lower scores at
the front. In those days we had single
desks and sat in rows - all the better for the teacher to see what was going
on. Anyway, I digress, this teacher one
morning decided to belt anyone who got less than five out of ten in the tests -
there was a line of us waiting to be belted - brave boys at the front,
snivelling lassies at the back.
In those days if you got the belt in class, it would be all round the playground at playtime, so of course you had to tell your Mum and Dad when you got home, otherwise a sneering sibling would tell, or they would hear about it elsewhere. This usually resulted in a telling off at home too!!!
In secondary school many teachers used the belt. In my school, staff wore black gowns (no, not dresses, academic gowns) and some wore the belt over their shoulder, under their gown. This was for two reasons - it was always handy in case of trouble either in class or the corridor and it was rumoured that it kept the belt warm and that made it more effective! I'm really not sure if this is true.
Until I saw this in an exhibition it didn't occur to me that they were actually produced somewhere, but it would seem that Lochgelly in Fife was the place for producing the tawse. This has brought back a few memories and I could go on for ages! Did you get "the strap" at school? (I'm going to assume that there are some folk out there old enough to remember those days!)
This Sunday's little voyage to far away places overseas takes us to Gibraltar and a lovely blog The Rock For Beginners by Bijou Sugar Socks. Please go and visit - you'll enjoy your trip.