Yea, back than the teacher as an educator was the law & the judge. Parents & kids respected them, being a teacher back from the 60-80s, one would be highly respected as an educator moulding young minds.
I would say all that spanking I received from the teachers in school when I was a kid brought me up to the well mannered (I hope ) person I am today.
Kids these days hardly know the word of respect. The teaching profession has sort of lost its respect these days. Parents just complain & complain & the teacher gets landed in hot soup with MOE. Its quite dis-heartening how things turned up over the years.
These days teaching is more like because I need a job to survive kinda thing, besides, being a teacher is sort of like an iron rice bowl due to the lack of people in the teaching profession.
The behaviour of kids these days has made many shun the teaching profession in my opinion. Apologise if I sterotype too much! lol!