This snippet follow up of my October 24 2009 at 11:28 PM post.
I wonder (wonder, wonder little star) if resentments, consciously or unconsciously, plays a part in school corporal punishment? We know that anger does.
The Merry Order of St. Bridget: Personal Account of the Use of the Rod
The ugly ones made their strokes twice as hard as the pretty ones. It seemed to me as though they were settling an account with nature for their own ugliness, when they let their rods fall on that white skin, from which red weals sprung with ever blow.
In my neck of the woods CP has been verboten for years but other forms of discipline are employed. Resentment may have played a part in this case. Teens are very sensitive but nonetheless his side was quite compelling. True, there are two sides, but this young man's account rung true.
I recently had an honor student and athlete, who needed a college recommendation, tell me of an incident where he was given a detention by a teacher who made a point of verbally chastising him in front of the class (that's wrong in my book) for thinking he was exempt from discipline because he was a two letter athlete.
In some schools that would get you thrown out (e.g. cheerleaders). They get to wear special jackets, a custom that UK readers may be unfamiliar with. I am sure Renee, et. al. are familiar with this custom.
Personally, this custom offensive. I was a "jacket less star" of the debate team and my trophies adorn my living room mantle as well as the team trophy their curio. Far too much emphasis on sports here and I don't think that should be the American Way.
This young man had a spotless record until then. He felt he was being picked on (what 17-year-old doesn't) because she didn't play sports when she was in school. That sensitivity is not altogether a bad thin in adolescent development IMHO.
I told him that after he walked across the stage (graduate) with diploma in hand to let her know how you felt. He may be wrong or right but he shouldn't carry resentments. I'm told that's not a good thing.
Not from personal experience of course.
He is an exceptional wrestler as well as a track star. Wrestling is his passion and what he excels at best. Sadly it has been eliminated in the Olympics. Unlike track, wrestling scholarships are as rare as hen's teeth.
Remember, I asked him what he would do if he was asked to wrestle a girl how he would feel. He said without any awareness of its other meaning from what I could determine, "when she crosses the ropes she is mine."
That gender neutral attitude in sports is a wonderful thing and is one of the good signs of the times despite my prior expressed misgivings.
Is this a surrealistic post? Or one that some find beyond clarification? Sorry KK
if you find it to be the latter to your distaste.