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I grew up in Eastern Europe. In mid 70′s and 80′s I observed that majority of teachers did ear twisting in their classes.Each class had close to 30-40 kids so there was never lack of bad boys or often was someone mischiveous on daily basis. Little gilrs quietly enjoyed giggling while boys were being dragged by their ears out of the class to the principal’s office. Every summer my parents sent me to summer camp. One such camp had a lake where I actually learned how to swim. One camp teacher there twisted my ear for absolutely nothing. I was really pissed off. Some adults enjoy doing this I guess. Then we grow up just like them andprobably do the same. It’s a learned behaviour I guess. It’s a chain.People like control. It’s been historically proven, catholic church and schools exercised ear punnishments for centuries. Sunday schools administered ear pulling too.
I don’t mind sharing…My own first experience doing it…. I have a younger brother, I twisted his ears ones. Then in about 8th grade me and my cousin we caught this kid beating another smaller kid, we both grabbed his ears from both sides and gave him a good lesson. I remember, I used to take my little brother to a kindergarden, I’m 10 yrs older than him, and one mom there, a good looking young parent who happened to be my neighbor gave a strong yank to her kid. They were only 4-5 yrs old, I thought it was inappropriate, the kid cried a lot. She told him, do you hear the crunching sound in your ear, do you, I’ll show youlike last time ? Vicious mom. She probably practiced on the poor kid a lot. I heard the gorgeous young kindergarden lady there also twisted little kids’ ears quite often. I wanted to protect my brother, I said if I ever find out, I’ll give her a lesson she wouldn’t forget. She was like my age. So she laid off for a while. But she did ear pulling to other kids. She had gorgeous natural nails, and she pained them violet or pink colors.
I even remember our home room teacher ( math ) later found out and learned from him.He said to her: It’s very effective ! Try it sometimes. She would. I remeber she dragged one naughty boy by his ear, then saw a piece of paper on the floor, let go, ordered him topick up, then lifted him up again and took him outside of the class. I only can imagine what’s she did in the hallway. He returned with both ears very red and crying. Two boys from my class were caught by the cops walking on the railroad tracks. They brought them to school. SHe was a home room teacher, she was in charge. She would often invite boys to visit her office if they did something wrong, and stay after school. But not without their ears pulled. I heard in her office shegreeted them with surprice: she ‘d open the door, immediatelly grabbing their left ear, walked them towards her desk, bent them over and beat them with a ruler. Then she’d take a hold of a second ear and did circles until ears were blazing with pain.
I believe it started in the old country ( England, Old Europe, Ancient Rome and Egypt ). There are hundreds of examples from ancient history of ear punishments. I guess it is the most convenient way. Since ears are sticking out like that, it’s been used as a handle by adults centuries ago to quickly put kids into place. Even in Chinese culture the elders enjoy the same way of punishment. Remember old Kung Fu movies ? The masters dragged their students by their ears often enough. The teachers were allowed to use someform of punishment.
Unlike today. Beating was finally stopped in late sixties. I watched few older movies about catholic schools and I saw few ugly nunns enjoying themselves pulling little boy’s ears. Movie directors probably quielty enjoyed the scenes too and so they always tried to include them in movies where at times it wasn’t even necessary. So it must be a common practice. All black comics like Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Sinbad and Arsenio often mentioned their moms being tough,using belt and pulling ears. Arsenio showed it vividly on his show. In African-American families it is probably a common practice still today.So it was widely practiced accross the world. Even in US back in the day. Not anymore though. But I see in India it is still practiced. Maybe private schools in England. In US they have laws against it, so how do teachers nowadays get away with that. Any thoughts….