Planning for a nonviolent school

Caning is big in my school. It’s part of traditional Thai education in many minds. Sometimes it’s just a humiliation tap with a bamboo cane — wrist action only. But I’ve watched as an over -200 pound guy put a baseball-batter-like torso twist into whacking the backsides of our students. 

Every day I walk away from the morning assembly just before the canings so my presence won’t be interpreted as assent. And, one odd day this week when students in a class weren’t calming down or responding to my request that they take their seats, I looked over and saw one student gesturing to me with the cane, offering it to me as if to say “would you please hit them so we can start our class now?”

My colleagues Kruu Boat and Kruu Lek believe in nonviolent classrooms. Caning never happens in our classrooms. Here, Boat and I work on designs for an anti-caning program.

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