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Pestalozzi (by Albert Anker).
Cover illustation from The Saturday Evening Post (1910).


Externally hosted image on Handprints: Drawings Gallery #10

A teacher is a male or female adult whose profession is the teaching of knowledge, behavior norms, arts, crafts, physical and intellectual skills to other people by means of verbal instruction, demonstration and media.

This process transports the knowledge, skills and cultural achievements of one generation to the next generation and is thus the key factor to cultural progress.

The art and science of teaching is also known as pedagogy.

School teachers[edit]

The most common form of professional teaching is the teaching of children. For better efficiency, typically a teacher teaches not a single child but a group of children simultaneously, called a class. The rooms in which the class is seated for this purpose are called classrooms and the buildings and institutions of this teaching are called schools; the whole process of education in schools, which today has a typical minimum duration of 8 years, is known as schooling.

Individual teaching sessions are called lectures or lessons. The children who attend lessons (the "teachees") are called schoolchildren (schoolboys and schoolgirls), pupils or students.

The history of schools reaches back to antiquity. The level of intellectual, cultural and economical achievement of a people was usually in direct proportion to its quality of schooling.

For a very long time only boys were educated by private teachers and in public or private schools, and the teachers were usually male as well. They were also referred to as schoolmasters. This has changed in the last two to three centuries; today in most countries girls attend schools the same as boys, and teachers can be either men or women. The terms schoolmistress and schoolmarm are female equivalents to schoolmaster.

The methods and techniques of teaching, as well as the subjects taught, have evolved slightly over the centuries since antiquity, and changed dramatically within the past century.

The stereotype of the schoolmaster as a punisher[edit]


Externally hosted image on Handprints: Drawings Gallery #135
"The Detention Room" by Julian Guile.
Teacher disciplines schoolgirl in class (photo: Asa Jones).
Teacher straps schoolgirl (photo: Asa Jones).

From the earliest depictions of teachers in the Middle Ages up to the Renaissance era, the birch rod was depicted as the typical tool of the teaching profession.

For example, this old woodcut shows six "civic professions": clockmaker, schoolmaster, organ builder, painter, goldsmith, sculptor. Every man is depicted in doing his work, and the schoolmaster is depicted birching a student. For many more images on the cliche of the teacher as an instructor through the means of corporal punishment, and his inseparability from the birch rod, switch and cane, see School corporal punishment (antiquity-1699) and School corporal punishment (1700-1899).

The stereotype of teacher/student discipline has also been used in erotic spanking art since the earliest times. See School CP in erotic spanking art for more information.

Spanking videos[edit]

Famous fetish model and pioneer spanking actress Bettie Page was a school teacher for a brief period. Jacqueline Omerta, actress and founder of spanking video company Pacific Force, was once a high school teacher in Boston.

Spanking actress Courtney Chambers is a former fifth-grade teacher (titles listed below).

Below is a list of role reversal videos in which female teachers get punished.

  • And Now the Cane (Top Marks), extract also sold as The Beating of the Useless Prefect
  • College Teacher Public Humiliation and Spanking (Spanking Them, Russia), headmaster and student punish female teacher.
  • Gym Teacher Spanking (Girl Spanks Girl), teacher Clare Fonda spanks, and gets spanked, by students.
  • The Godfather (Lupus Pictures), sadistic female teacher gets caned.
  • The Headmaster's Study (Top Marks), school headmaster punishes senior mistress.
  • Miss Morgan Makes Her Mark (Top Marks), female prefect caned by headmaster.
  • The Punishment of the Teacher 1 & 2 (RoughManSpank), bad teacher punished like a student (photos)
  • The Pupil Mistress (English Spankers), headmaster spanks teacher, photos
  • Pupil Power (Spanking College), punished student turns tables on teacher.
  • The Prefects' Pleasure (Top Marks), female school teacher caned.
  • Spanking the Teacher (British Spanking/Paradox, distributed by Spanking for Pleasure, c. 1990), M/F, photos
  • Teacher Punished by Student (Spanking Sorority Girls, 2023), Lorraine, Stevie Rose, photos


Other forms of teaching[edit]

Other forms of professional teaching include privately hired governesses, homeschooling, private institutions such as dance or music schools, coaching in sports clubs, university teaching and adult education.

Forms of semi-professional teaching include private lessons (usually in the afternoon or evening, after the regular school) and mentoring. Such semi-professional teachers are called tutors or mentors.

See also[edit]