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"Education/ Brutality 1960s&70s"

A review of Ruchill Primary School by Linda Byrne written on Wednesday 17th of March 2021


Bright eyed, bushy tailed that was us, the weans of the 1960s and into mid 70s. We had madame Slack on the radio once weekly trying to teach us basic french.

We had the saintly Mrs Cunningham who bought us an Easter egg each from her own money. And then we had the rest of the teachers, obsessed with 'discipline' that meant belting the whole class if someone burped, broke wind or forgot to say amen to The Lords prayer.

Miss T was totally obsessed with her Lochgelly and spent the afternnon ensuring it could stand straight and was highly polished. She had a tan one and darker brown one. There was also Mrs L who belted all but 3 in the class firctalking on the way to room 20 to see a film, the film was a rare event but sadly the maniacal behaviour of the teachers was not.

Then there was Miss B who went on to marry a pillar of the community, she took great delight in jabbing some children in the arm whilst shouting," you are a lazy veg. or lazy cab.! She did that to one of the identical twins who was black and blue. When the child mother saw her she came to the school to demonstrate, very loudly, it was interesting to note she toned it down a bit after that. Miss B gave me a book for working so hard and that began my love of reading. However, l reflect with deep sadness at her brutal, cruel teaching methods. Ironically she played us the song " like a bridge over trouble water again and again". I think she was the one who was very troubled.

School, Ruchill primary style, well glad it only lasted 7 very long years!.

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