What do Supernanny, the Simpsons and my educational experiences all have in common?
The answer is corner time, the dunce’s corner, standing in the corner, or whatever it’s known as in your part of the world.
Misbehaving youngsters frequently find themselves sitting on the naughty step or naughty circle on Supernanny (my partner’s taste for these shows has proven to be an unintentional mine of useful research material). Bart Simpson was often shown languishing on a chair in the corner (when Homer was not trying to throttle him, that is) and even more so, writing good old-fashioned lines on the chalkboard after school. And then there was me – and quite possibly you, too. Let’s have a look.
By the time I reached primary school, the cane had been more or less abandoned having died a long and drawn-out death over several years. While it was commonplace a decade or so…
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