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The Battered Generation-bookcover

By: Dr Dariush Pourkian

The Battered Generation

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Physical punishment at schools in Iran continued until being banned by the Ministry of Education in September 1960.

The author spent four years at “Safa” school in the north area of Tehran, in Iran from 1953 to 1957. In this book he recalls the social and educational conditions of those years, the morale and status of students and the teachers’ way of thinking. He also discusses the prevailing culture of physical punishments and the hardships the students endured along with their entertainments, recreations and access to academic facilities. He wants to show what devastating effects beatings and physical punishments have on children and what irreparable and lasting impacts they leave on the soul of children in the form of anxiety, panic and permanent fear.

The pain of being beaten and punished was not just for the students, but the ones who did it also suffered from the memory of their actions in the course of time. Some regretted their mistakes and oppressions. There were some teachers among them who were sensitive by nature and were aware that physical punishment was not right. However, the social structure of that time required the beatings.

The author was born in Tehran, Iran. He moved to Germany to study at the University of Hamburg. He obtained his doctorate degree there in economics and politics, then stopped writing scientific articles for universities and institutes and entered the world of business.

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