It was called agoge in ancient Sparta, the inhuman education and training regimen that little boys were subject to in order to make them impervious to hunger, fear and pain, a regimen that included having boys fight boys to death so that the weak may be weeded out.
Or as anyone who went to school in the late 80s and early 90s in Bengal would say, school life.
Suicides were common, and so were heart-attacks and nervous breakdowns. Four successive days of two papers of a hundred each was considered to be perfectly humane because, how else, were children going to handle “the real world”? I came from a school, particularly notorious for what was just known as “The Pressure”, where most of us were made to fail in our maths half-yearly in class eleven, because and this was the stated reason, the class ten scores had given us whippersnappers an inflated idea of our intelligence and we needed to be cut down to size.