Director of Detentions – A Return to the Dark Ages? | christinethomas

Director of Detentions – A Return to the Dark Ages? | christinethomas

Billy Casper, in the novel ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’, is described by his own mother as a ‘hopeless case’. The violence Billy experiences is truly shocking. He is slapped or punched by his subject teacher, his PE teacher, his mother, his brother, the other boys. It is the relentless physical assaults that serve as a contrast to the beautiful relationship he develops with his hawk, Kes. Billy is a fictional character, but it brought home to me how different school was for students in the 1960s and 1970s, and how thankfully, in school’s today physical violence has been eradicated. However, is…

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