It was almost military-like. Standing up when a superior (teacher) walkedä in. Greetings (e.g. "Good morning, teacher!") were mandatory and the entire class would say it in unison. You always asked for a permission to speak. You did not leave the class until you were dismissed by the teacher. Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78120150
You were punished if you forgot books or hadn't done your homework. Your mouth was washed with soap (really) if you cursed.
Back then nobody had ADHD or exhibited chronic bad behavior.
Most important of all, the parents didn't make excuses for their kids or tried to get special rules for their "special kid". Everybody was treated the same.
If you got good grades or the teacher commended you, you KNEW you had done a good job. No participation trophies back then.
Well I wouldn't say "It was almost military-like
But you are right, I had a 7th grade teacher in Arizona, who had a ping pong ball paddle, (with holes drilled in it) and it sat right there on his desk.
He was not afraid to use it either, and he was no large man.
Right there in class, in front of everyone, you had to bend over, grab your ankles, and take the allotted licks.
ahh...those were the days.
But there was no CRAP going on in the classroom either.
And if you wanted to excel...DUH, You fuc%ing worked for it.