Produce a long cane

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Hello natives,

SOurce : Upstream Proficiency Virginia Evans

[...] "Why didn't you obey the prefect's order to get into bed?" asks the headmaster. "Because I don't respect them,' answers the boy, "The purpose of a public-school education, Paxman,' intones the headmaster, producing a long cane, "it is to teach you to respect things you do not respect".

I cannot think of any good meaning for the bolded phrase. Could you help me?
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