Having spent 12 years in Catholic schools and taught very strict discipline, I am grateful for what I learned and where it, mentally, put me. I do see huge differences between how I conduct myself, as a result. The foundation had been laid by the time I got to high school, and the discipline didn't seem so bad; I really saw a difference when I go to college and was thrown into a mixed bag of people. I was not traumatized and adjusted well. Discipline and high expectations are not a bad thing, necessarily; I think it's more dependent on the child's personality and their home background.