By Gary P Jackson
From the United Kingdom, a tale of the Nanny State going to far.
We always talk about the “slippery slope,” when expressing concern about government, when it starts down the path of social engineering. It started with not using red pencils to make corrections on school kids’ papers, because, you know, it might hurt their self-esteem to find out they actually had the wrong answer on a text. Then we stopped keeping score during kids’ games, and giving out trophies for just showing up. Heaven forbid we allow kids to learn the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat!
Now we have this coming from the British Nanny State. Schools are actually banning kids from having a “best friend” because they don’t want these children to “suffer” if the relationship ends. In other words, they don’t want these kids to experience life at all.
Thanks to the mental disease that is liberalism, we are raising a generation of kids that will be totally and completely dysfunctional in the real world. Absolutely incapable of dealing with reality. Thanks Nanny State!
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.
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