In the old days, it was not uncommon for teachers to use their pointer to administer corporal punishment. The pointer also had a psychological effect: even when it was not actually used for cp, just the sight of the stick in the teacher's hand made the pupils more respectful through the in sight, in mind principle.
Die Schule, colorized etching by Johann Michael Voltz (18XX).
Die Dorfschule von 1848, painting by Albert Anker (1895/96).
|Blackboard pointer • Cane (Arundo donax, Bamboo, Rattan) • Crop • Cudgel • Feather duster • Ferula • Stick/Rod/Switch (Hazel, Hickory, Willow) • Yardstick|