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Ya can't make this up: Schools ban children making best friends

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The UK leads the way...:eek_ma:

Individuals bad, groups good.




Schools ban children making best friends


Pals ... but kids told to form groups


By HARRY HAWKINS

Published: 19th March 2012


TEACHERS are banning schoolkids from having best pals — so they don't get upset by fall-outs.

Instead, the primary pupils are being encouraged to play in large groups.

Educational psychologist Gaynor Sbuttoni said the policy has been used at schools in Kingston, South West London, and Surrey.

She added: "I have noticed that teachers tell children they shouldn't have a best friend and that everyone should play together.

"They are doing it because they want to save the child the pain of splitting up from their best friend. But it is natural for some children to want a best friend. If they break up, they have to feel the pain because they're learning to deal with it."

Russell Hobby, of the National Association of Head Teachers, confirmed some schools were adopting best-friend bans.

He said: "I don't think it is widespread but it is clearly happening. It seems bizarre.

"I don't see how you can stop people from forming close friendships. We make and lose friends throughout our lives." The Campaign for Real Education, which wants more parental choice in state education, said the "ridiculous" policy was robbing children of their childhood.

Spokesman Chris McGovern added: "Children take things very seriously and if you tell them they can't have a best friend it can be seriously damaging to them. They need to learn about relationships."

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4203460/Schools-ban-children-making-best-friends.html
 

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Yeah, let's make the first pain of personal relationship loss be their first break-up as a teenager. I'm going long on teen suicides.

You can't protect kids from everything without consequences.
 

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Hey, if it wasn't for "best friends" we wouldn't have had anyone to fight with or blame. Besides that, there were 5 kids that lived in bike ride distance. We had to be friends.
 

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TPTB forbid the kiddies from experiencing anything like real life while growing up.



We're living in a freakin' cartoon.
 

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What about imaginary friends? We tried tying a steak around my sister's neck because even the dog wouldn't play with her.
 

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"Instead, the primary pupils are being encouraged to play in large groups. "

then they can call them gangs and take appropriate action .
 

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this is a joke right? An Onion article or spoff?
 

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this is a joke right? An Onion article or spoff?
Nope. The source (The Sun) is not exactly the Times of London, but they are reputable publication,
 

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But it is natural for some children to want a best friend.
What? Friendship is not natural. Screw friends. Friendship is gay.

War is man's true nature. Endless war.

Thus it is written in our Darwinian alien/monkey DNA.
 

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Nope. The source (The Sun) is not exactly the Times of London, but they are reputable publication,
FWIW both The Sun and The Times are owned by News Corporation (Rupert Murdoch).
 

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OK children, remember that the government is your only friend. :bear_blink:
 

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In the war of Collectivism vs. Individualism, score one for the Commies.
 

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Hope there are some sane parents left in the UK to nip this in the bud.
 

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New Jersey middle school bans hugging

ABERDEEN TOWNSHIP, N.J. – More than 900 students at a New Jersey middle school have been told no more hugging.

The district says Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School Principal Tyler Blackmore made an announcement that students were in a "no hugging school" following some "incidents of unsuitable, physical interactions."

School Superintendent David Healy says the district has the responsibility to teach children about appropriate interactions.

The superintendent says despite the rule, students who hug will not be suspended.

The superintendent says he believes the principal acted responsibly.

Students range in ages from 11 to 14 in grades six to eight.
 

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Can't even play I'll show you mine if you show me your's anymore.
Don't try that at St Gregoreys right off Clark St in Chicago.

Those nuns go ape when they see natures little secret.