MuchMoreThanMuscle saidBrings back memories from my Catholic grammar school days.
To be honest, that was quite mild compared to what I witnessed and experienced as a child in school.
I used to be slapped and hit by the nuns in grammar (elementary) school. When I was in a private boys prep school (high school) the Jesuits would punch us bloody.
By my Sophomore year I'd had enough. My parents didn't want me to leave, so I simply flunked out. They put me in another private academy, and I simply did the same thing.
Not that I thought much of public high school where I ended, and I had ruined my transcript that would qualify me to choose a good college, but I wasn't beaten anymore. And for the first time in my entire school life, from the time I was 5, I could sit in a classroom without having to wear a coat & tie, and not be in constant fear.
I often wonder how I might have done in life if public school had always been the case. I might have learned some useful & profitable skills, and enjoyed the experience, rather than dreading it. Instead of memorizing the Catholic Catechism to recite daily, and learning some helpful foreign languages, rather than ancient Latin.
And perhaps had my curiosity for science and mathematics been encouraged, instead of punished with a face slap, when I tried to explore outside the approved subject matter. I loved learning, still do, but I hated school.