I was browsing FB when I came across an interesting post in a Jewish women’s group. The woman said that her preschool son claimed that his morah had taped his mouth shut for saying the word “tush.” The woman wanted to know if she was within her right to be upset and complain.
I wasn’t exactly shocked by the story. When I was in first grade, our morah washed a kid’s mouth out with soap. I don’t recall what the poor kid said, but I do remember the teacher turning white and furious, grabbing the girl, and hauling her out of the room.
A few minutes later they returned, the little girl pale and shakey, the teacher upright and businesslike and ready to teach again.
During recess, we gathered around our fellow to find out what had happened.
“She took soap. She put it in my mouth,” the girl said. She was clearly less eager to discuss this incident than we were.
It never occurred to me that the teacher was not within her right inflicting corporal punishment on a student. Why would it?
And, given the lack of education in education that we require from our faculty, why would it occur to the teacher?