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The entire class was noisy, and the teacher gave several stern warnings, which I heeded~actually, I hadn't even been talking as I was extremely shy back then. Her anger rising (it was that evident, even to a 7 year old), she singled me out, the only child not talking, the only "black" child in the class (I was born of mixed parentage), and told me to come to her desk. I stood there obediently, yet feeling the eyes of the class burning on my back. The teacher rose from her desk, put a chair in a far corner, and told me to sit. Again, being the obedient child I was (I was raised that way), I did as I was told.
As I sat there, still feeling the burn from my classmates, the teacher proceeded to put a dunce hat on my head. I have no memory of how long I was sitting there, but I do remember the deep humiliation, and going home crying after school. I'm sure there was some intervention, as this teacher, who had always been mean to me, suddenly turned nice. That didn't make me like her any better, the damage had already been done! And, I'm still haunted by the memory a half-century later...
A dunce cap, also variously known as a dunce hat, dunce's cap, or dunce's hat, is a pointed hat. In popular culture, it is typically made of paper and often marked with a D or the word "dunce", and given to schoolchildren to wear as punishment by public humiliation for misbehavior and, as the name implies, stupidity.
Note: I realize I'm late with this submission, as I just readÂ Patricia J.'sÂ story~putting it out there for what it's worth...