I’m reading the Anne of Green Gables books right now. It’s so refreshing. I haven’t read them in years – since I was a girl. I forgot how delightful they are. And I’m finding so many great quotes in them!
Here’s one for Real Child Development readers.
It’s in Anne of Avonlea. Anne is about to begin work as a teacher and is discussing with a fellow teacher how to discipline children.
Anne’s friend Jane starts by saying,
“The main thing will be to keep order and a teacher has to be a little cross to do that. If my pupils won’t do as I tell them I shall punish them.”
“Give them a good whipping, of course.”
“Oh, Jane, you wouldn’t,” cried Anne, shocked. “Jane you couldn’t!”
“Indeed, I could and would, if they deserved it,” said Jane decidedly.
“I could never whip a child,” said Anne with equal decision. “I don’t believe in it at all. Miss Stacy never whipped any of us and she had perfect order; and Mr Phillips was always whipping and he had no order at all. No, if I can’t get along without whipping I shall not try to teach school. There are better ways of managing. I shall try to win my pupils’ affections and then they will want to do what I tell them.
“But suppose they don’t?” said practical Jane.
“I wouldn’t whip them anyhow. I’m sure it wouldn’t do any good. Oh, don’t whip your pupils, Jane dear, no matter what they do.”
Win their affections and they will want to do what I tell them... isn’t that wonderful? I just love that.
And please, don’t whip your children, it really won’t do them any good!