Rizal and school punishment

Rizal as a young student in Biñán was usually whipped and hit with a stick on the palm of his hand by his strict teacher. Of course he didn’t have fond memories about that, but there was no indication at all that he was traumatized by it. He eventually became one of the greatest writers and nationalists we ever had.

He wasn’t the only one who experienced corporal punishment in school. His contemporaries, many of whom became great personalities themselves, went through all that, too. The preceding generations before ours experienced the same as well. Those in public schools probably fared much worse. Heck, I remember one male teacher of mine from sixth grade (he openly practiced favoritism, if I may add) who never failed to humiliate me whenever he felt like doing it. I couldn’t forget how he pulled my hair out of the classroom and dragged me straight to the streets for an incident I could no longer remember. But I didn’t allow his cruel ways to define who I am today.

This is not to say that corporal punishment in school is totally acceptable. However, if we are to compare the general comportment of those generations that experienced this style of discipline to that of ours, which fares the worst in handling society?

This recent viral video from Raffy Tulfo in Action involving an erring student who was sent out from class is virtually nothing compared to what generations of students that came before him had experienced.

I genuinely fear for the next generation that is currently “enjoying” such an unwarranted sense of entitlement.  Raffy Tulfo ought to think about this very hard.

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